Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

January 01, 1970

 

(Bloodshot)

 

www.bloodshotrecords.com

 

Not only is Harlem River Blues the third album in three years for Justin Townes Earle, it’s his
third winner in a row. That’s a prolific streak that should be the envy of his
contemporaries (not to mention his father Steve).

 

Sort of a survey of American roots music, the record finds
Earle moving with confidence and grace through rockabilly (“Move Over Mama”),
R&B ballads (“Slippin’ and Slidin'”), old-fashioned C&W (“Learning to
Fly”), blues rock (“Ain’t Waitin’), triple-A singer/songwriter rock (“Christ
Church Woman,” “One More Night in Brooklyn,” “Rogers Park”) and Woody Guthrie
folk (“Working For the MTA,” “Wanderin'”). Earle and co-producer Skylar Wilson
maintain consistency through clean, dry production that keeps the focus
squarely on the tunesmith’s plainspoken voice and bullshit-free songwriting.

 

Though it doesn’t have the focus of his shimmering sophomore
set Midnight at the Movies, Harlem River Blues still moves from
strength to strength.

 

DOWNLOAD: “One
More Night in Brooklyn,” “Slippin’ and Slidin’,”
“Move Over Mama” MICHAEL TOLAND

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