Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe : World Cafe Continuing his prolific streak, singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle recently released his third album in three years. Listen to Earle talk with World Cafe host David Dye about his troubled past, his songwriting and his latest record, Harlem River Blues.

Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

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Justin Townes Earle recently performed songs from his latest record Harlem River Blues on World Cafe. Joshua Black Wilkins hide caption

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Set List

  • "Move Over Momma"
  • "Harlem River Blues"
  • "Christchurch Woman"

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."