The first track off of his upcoming third release Harlem River Blues, this song finds Justin Townes Earle investigating the sound of the deep South, complete with a full-on gospel choir. Though the rest of the record covers more country and folk territory, this song sticks to the gospel blues, reimagining the Depression-era feeling that something better lies on the other side of death. Earle continues to carve out his own niche of music, further separating himself from his twonamesakes, combining old time music with folk, Hank Williams-style country, and even a touch of Springsteen on the closer, “Rogers Park”.
This killer track from Earle’s 2009 release Midnight at the Movies finds him covering Paul Westerberg’s Replacements classic, albeit with a woozy mandolin-fueled arrangement. Not content to merely follow the paths of his namesakes, Earle has blazed his own trail that combines old-time music, western swing, traditional country, with a songwriting sensibility that sounds far beyond his years.