Friday, October 02, 2009

Justin Townes Earle – WOW!

Justin Townes Earle - Basement Discs - 2 October 2009
Yes, Justin Townes Earle is in town again and of course I couldn’t miss his in store performance at Basement Discs at lunchtime today. It was very much up to expectations, Justin giving his all to entertain the larger than usual crowd in attendance. I’m very much looking forward to going to see him again tonight at the Thornbury Theatre.

Justin Townes Earle toured here for the first time in
November last year, and blew the minds of everyone who witnessed his performances then. Since then he has a new album to tout – Midnight At The Movies which was released earlier this year and is a terrific CD.

Today Justin naturally sang several songs from this album, the wonderful “Mama’s Eyes”, “They Killed John Henry” and the title track. He also tried out a few new songs, saying he was getting tired of singing the same old stuff after being on the road so long. The new songs were great and are sure to be winners on his next album. One was possibly called “I’m Learning How To Cry” a classic tearjerker in an old country blues style. There was another, possibly called “Christchurch Woman”, which Justin claims was inspired by a conversation he had with a young woman in Sydney on his last tour.

He very obligingly posed for the photo above after I got him to sign my copy of Midnight At The Movies. He’s friendly and engaging in person, and on stage has esprit and charisma to spare.

I’d say go and catch one of his shows while you can, but they’ve all sold out - at least his Melbourne shows have.

1 comment:

AtomicPope said...

I posted this over on my Justin Townes Earle blog (

Thanks for sharing!