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Original Folkster

J

ustin Townes Earle is an anomaly. He’s tall as the day is long, all angles and elbows and a hard stare, both welcoming and deadly serious. He won the Best New and Emerging

Artist at the 2009 Americana Music Awards

and his new album ‘Harlem River Blues’ will surely

see him another nomination next year. The follow up to last year’s Midnight at the Movies features Calexico’s Paul Niehaus and a guest appearance from Jason Isbell. Out September 24 on Bloodshot Records, ‘Harlem River Blues’ is more mature, while still embracing his raw voice and clean sound. The recently relocated New Yorker was inspired by the Manhattan body of water that he recently described to Paste as “the most desolate thing I’d ever seen”. Drawing inspiration from old time folk and country sounds Townes Earle has found yet another way to be a timeless original.

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