A little bit older, more mellow and with more of the wisdom of age in tow, Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle (who sold out his show at MASS MoCA in 2004), performs his unique take on Americana in a concert in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8 PM. Having migrated from his birthplace, Nashville, to New York City, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter pairs the sage wisdom of Americana music with themes that relate to life in the Big Apple. NPR says that Earle’s most recent recording Harlem River Blues “isn’t a love letter to New York, but on it he accomplishes what the troubadours who came before him from other parts of the country sought: music that defies geography and genre.” Alt-country mainstay Richard Buckner will open for Earle.
Earle records with Bloodshot Records which hosts other popular acts such as Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound (who was a sensation at Wilco’s 2011 Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA). This year Earle will release his fifth album Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. In a recent Rolling Stone interview Earle talked about his new direction: “I think that it’s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one. This time I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction”.