Justin Townes Earle
Champagne Corolla (single)
New West Records
With Mothers Day in mind I asked my friend Richard to play Mama’s Eyes by Justin Townes Earle on his radio show Leader’s American Pie on Monday night. I’d not played Justin’s albums for a while so it was a joy hearing him again…..then today, Thursday I’ve weirdly just received his NEW SINGLE Champagne Corolla and a message saying a new album is on the way too!
As my Dad never tired of saying, “God acts in mysterious ways!!”
Justin has signed to New West Records and will release the new album ‘Kids In The Street’ on 26th May. The 12-song set was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios, and is the first time in his career that Earle has worked with an outside producer.
‘Kids In The Street’ marks a decade into Earle’s recording career and follows his acclaimed companion albums Single Mothers and Absent Fathers (2015). The deeply soulful set is both emotionally riveting and effortlessly uplifting. Now embracing sobriety, marriage, and impending fatherhood, Earle is enthusiastically looking to the future. “Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years,” Earle reflects. “I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I’ve written since I’ve been married. There’s definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I’m feeling pretty positive.” He continues, “When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record’s more about looking outward on what’s happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it’s got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I’ve done before.”
You can listen to ‘Kids In The Street’’s opener ‘Champagne Corolla’ here:
‘Kids In the Street’ will be available digitally, as well as compact disc and vinyl. The album is now available for pre-order via PledgeMusic including an exclusive, limited edition colored vinyl version of the LP, special 7” single including ‘Maybe A Moment’ as well as Earle’s reading of Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’, and cassette.
Justin Townes Earle will take to the road in the States this Spring with his longtime guitarist Paul Niehaus alongside The Sadies as his backing band, with UK and European dates to be announced soon.
‘Kids In The Street’ Track Listing:
1. Champagne Corolla
2. Maybe A Moment
3. What’s She Crying For
5. Kids In The Street
6. Faded Valentine
7. What’s Goin’ Wrong
8. Short Hair Woman
9. Same Old Stagolee
10. If I Was The Devil
11. Trouble Is
12. There Go A Fool