Steve Earle Honors His Late Son, Justin Townes Earle, with Touching New Tribute Album ‘J.T.’ (Listen)


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Back in late August, acclaimed singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle passed away at just 38 years of age. His tragic passing inspired a musical tribute from his father, Steve Earle, who announced with his band the Dukes that they would be recording an album of Justin’s songs as a musical memorial:

Steve Earle & the Dukes announced today that they will be recording an album of songs written by Justin Townes Earle with 100% of artist advances and royalties going to a trust for Justin’s daughter, Etta St. James Earle. It is expected that the album will be recorded in October and released in January, 2021, around the time of what would have been Justin’s thirty-ninth birthday. More details to be announced shortly.

Today, Jan. 4,  would have been the 39th birthday of Justin Townes Earle, and the album — titled J.T. — has been made available to stream and buy via Bandcamp to mark the occasion and honor his memory. Said Steve Earle of the project in a statement:

“The record is called J.T. because Justin was never called anything else until he was nearly grown. Well, when he was little, I called him Cowboy.” He added, “For better or worse, right or wrong, I loved Justin Townes Earle more than anything else on this earth. That being said, I made this record, like every other record I’ve ever made … for me. It was the only way I knew to say goodbye.”

Given the circumstances, it’s an especially emotional and powerful statement. Listen below:


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