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Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe | February 09, 2011 |

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With his acoustic-pop sensibilities and mix of rock, bluegrass, and folk influences, Justin Townes Earle has earned the respect of critics and musicians all over — an accomplishment all the more greater considering what he's been through to gain respect.

The son of iconic songwriter Steve Earle, he spent a good portion of his adolescence touring with his father's band as a guitarist and occasional keyboardist. After being forced out of the group due to a self-destructing drug habit, he cleaned up and began to seriously approach his own style of music.

"I used to write a lot, a whole lot, and half those songs I don't even remember," Earle recalls. "Now, I sit there and I write it and I finish it and I keep it." (link)

HOUR ONE

 

Best Coast "Boyfriend" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Pernice Brothers "Jacqualine Susann" Goodbye, Killer
Bright Eyes "Shell Games" The People's Key
John Doe "The Golden State" A Year in the Wilderness
Devotcha "One Hundred Other Lovers" One Hundred Lovers
Steve Earle "City of Immigrants" Washington Square Serenade
Justin Townes Earle "Move Over Momma" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Justin Townes Earle "Harlem River Blues" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Justin Townes Earle "Christchurch Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jennifer O'Connor "To Ramona" Another Side of Jennifer
Dr. Dog "Shadow People" Shame Shame
Wilco "Impossible Germany" Sky Blue Sky
 
HOUR TWO
 
Suzanne Vega "Frank & Ava" Beauty & Crime
T. Rex "Beltane Walk" Bolan Boogie
The Decemberists "This Is Why We Fight" The King Is Dead
Frightened Rabbit "Old Old Fashioned" The Midnight Organ Fight
REM "Mine Smells Like Honey" Collapse Into Now
Grant Lee Buffalo "Honey Don't Think" Might Joe Moon
Lissie "When I'm Alone" Catch a Tiger
Ray LaMontagne "Beg Steal or Borrow" God Willin' And the Creek Don't Rise
Faces "Ooh La La" Rushmore Original Soundtrack
Drive-By Truckers "Used to Be a Cop" Go Go Boots
Curtis Mayfield "Freddie's Dead" Superfly
Lucinda Williams "Buttercup" Blessed
Rolling Stones "Memory Motel" Black and Blue