On his seventh album, Kids in the Street, due May 26, Justin Townes Earle contemplates change from the broad perspective of his growing maturity, which includes sobriety, marriage, and a child on the way. On the title track, he reminisces about the now-gentrified working-class Nashville neighborhood of his youth, while “15-25,” a look back on that rowdy decade of his life, is also a musical tribute to Professor Longhair. George Jones would appreciate the country weeper “What’s She Crying For,” and bluesman Skip James gets a nod in “If I Was the Devil.” Earle also dabbles in Texas swing, soul, and folk blues, and he wrote modern lyrics for the murderous blues standard “Stagolee.” Canadian band the Sadies blend folk-rock, surf, garage, and country, and their impressive new album, Northern Passages, evokes the Band, the Burritos, and Neil Young. Fifteen-year-old Sammy Brue is a precocious lyricist whose forthcoming debut, I Am Nice, mixes folk, pop, and rock.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Justin Townes Earle
Justin Townes Earle with the Sadies and Sammy Brue presented by: City Pages
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 7:00pm | $22.00 | 18+ | First Avenue | Mainroom
Justin Townes Earle: Since launching his recording career a decade ago, Justin Townes Earle has established a reputation as a singular leading light in the Americana music community. With fearless, personally charged lyrical insight and infectious melodic craftsmanship, the young veteran singer-songwriter has built a rich, personally charged body of work.