Friday, December 9, 2011

Justin Townes Earle Nails it at Narrows

It was a balmy Sunday in December when Justin Townes Earle armed with just his guitar played to an enthusiastic sold out crowd,. It should be duly noted, that three years ago JTE played to less than 50 in this same venue. With his tall lanky build and piercing eyes, JTE prowled the stage. He started the show with a couple of new tunes which were quite good. He then played a couple form his great new disc "Harlem River Blues" What struck me was his loping and intricate finger picking which perfectly complimented his stark and passionate vocals. Other highlights were "Mama's Eyes" ,  They Killed John Henry" and "Christ Church Woman" He brought the house down with the Lightning Hopkins cover"Automobile Blues" This was a real blues shouter with some great guitar playing. All in all one of the best shows of the year by one of the truly great artists on the scene today

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