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Following the success of his critically-acclaimed-fifth-studio-album, Single Mothers, Justin Townes Earle is pleased to announce the release of the companion album, Absent Fathers.
Comprised of 10 tracks, Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities.
Single Mothers was released on September 9, 2014 via Vagrant Records. Combined with Absent Fathers, the double album perfectly showcases exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana.
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If that sounds familiar, it's because ABSENT FATHERS is very much like its predecessor. And that's not a bad thing. Earle is one of the few artists who rarely repeats himself; and when he does, it's for a purpose. SINGLE MOTHERS / ABSENT FATHERS could easily have been a double album (dear God, remember those?). And yet, FATHERS stands on its own. Earle gets groovy on "Why," and downright chaotic on "Round the Bend." And yet, he disappears into poignant blues ballads like "Least I Got the Blues" and "Day and Night." It's basically like any other Justin Townes Earle album: music of varying melodies that feels united. I said earlier Earle is one of the few artists who doesn't repeat himself; he's also one of the rare breed that makes whole, complete albums. Take out any piece, and the whole album is weaker for it. Justin Townes Earle is a singer, a songwriter, and a musician. But most importantly: he's a storyteller. So grab your bourbon, maybe a cigarette even though you know they'll get you in the end. That's what ABSENT FATHERS is all about: knowing you can't really overcome the pain, but hoping you will eventually, regardless.