Justin Townes Earle — “White Gardenias”

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“White Gardenias” is the first single off Justin Townes Earle’s upcoming album Single Mothers. It’s his 5th LP, his first on Vagrant Records, and his first as a sober married man. As JTE explains of his newfound sobriety and clarity “One day I just realized it wasn’t cool to die young, and its even less cool to die after 30.”

“White Gardenias” is a somber tune, that according to Earle is inspired by Billie Holiday. As Earle said in a recent performance of the tune “I owe a lot to listening to Billie Holiday to kind of keep me on the back of the beat. So this song is for Lady Day where ever she is.”  Earle’s study of Holiday has paid off as Earle and the band  do indeed pull back on the beat creating a relaxed backdrop of smoky pedal steel and gently plucked guitar chords. The vibe reminded me most of Harvest era Neil Young, which is one of the highest compliments I can give.

JTE will be supporting Single Mothers  in September and October. See dates below.

  Sep 05  Track 29 Chattanooga, TN  
  Sep 06  Ohio River Throwdown Cincinnati, OH
  Sep 07  BLUESTONE Columbus, OH  
  Sep 09  Stage 48 New York, NY  
  Sep 10  Royale Boston, MA  
  Sep 11  Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore, PA  
  Sep 12  Harvester Rocky Mount, VA  
  Sep 13  Carolina Theatre Durham, NC  
  Sep 14  Jefferson Theatre Charlottesville, VA  
  Sep 16  The Birchmere Alexandria, VA  
  Sep 17  The Birchmere Alexandria, VA  
  Sep 18  Mr Smalls Pittsburgh, PA  
  Sep 19  Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY  
  Sep 20  House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH  
  Sep 23  The Vic Chicago, IL  
  Sep 24  Barrymore Theater Madison, WI  
  Sep 25  First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
  Sep 26  Bourbon Theater Lincoln, NE  
  Sep 27  Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
  Sep 28  The State Room Salt Lake City, UT  
  Sep 30  Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR  
  Oct 01  The Neptune Seattle, WA  
  Oct 05  City Winery Napa Napa, CA  
  Oct 06  El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA  
  Oct 07  Belly Up Solana Beach, CA


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