(Note: For the next three days, I, dwellephant, will be filling in for Sonic Diet’s Editor and CEO, Erin Wolfe. Think of it less as a substitution, and more along the lines of the NFL pre-season: She’s Aaron Rodgers. I’m Matt Flynn.)
Those handsome devils at NPR spent their Sunday uploading Justin Townes Earle‘s forthcoming album, Harlem River Blues, for all the world to stream. It’s right here in its entirety, and I highly recommend listening. Since seeing him live for the first time at last Summer’s first-ever WMSE Backyard BBQ, I’ve become an enormous fan of his, and am convinced he’s one of the best American songwriters living today. At the moment, the title track is fighting “Learning to Cry” for “favorite” status. And while the former is a wonderful, ridiculously catchy piece of Country-gospel storytelling, the latter is one of those sad, somber numbers that absolutely rip your guts out– which Earle does exceptionally well on every single record.
If you love it, get an official copy on September 14 from your favorite local record store. That way, you’ll know all the songs when you go to see him at Historic Turner Hall Ballroom on Monday, October 11.