Harlem River Blues
New West Records
I heard a rumour a month or so ago ……. and now here it is; Steve Sings Justin!
Me? I’ve been a fan of Steve Earle’s ever since Copperhead Road; but….. and those who know me will confirm it; I’m actually more a fan of Justin Townes Earle; whose songs have ‘touched me’ in so many ways, over the years; few more so than Harlem River Blues.
Here’s what else you need to know ……. On the forthcoming album, J.T., Steve Earle & The Dukes pay tribute to Steve’s late son, Justin Townes Earle (J.T.), who passed away on August 20, 2020 in Nashville.
The album will be released digitally on what would have been Justin’s 39th birthday, January 4, 2021, CD and vinyl formats will release March 19, 2021.
The first track, “Harlem River Blues” is available to stream today. The poignant song is one of Justin’s best-known compositions and took Song of the Year honors at the 2011 Americana Music Awards ceremony following Justin’s win in the Emerging Artist of the Year category in 2009.
100% of the artist advances and royalties from J.T. will be donated to a trust for Etta St. James Earle, the three-year-old daughter of Justin and Jenn Earle. While sombre in parts, the album is ultimately a rousing celebration of a life lived with passion and purpose.
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