Justin Townes Earle is the true embodiment of the genre of music known as “Americana.” Mixing folk, blues, bluegrass and gospel with a strong country influence, the son of legendary Texas troubadour Steve Earle has come a long way over the course of three albums (and a debut EP) in distancing himself from his family legacy and carving out his own history of being a great songwriter/performer.
Justin rolled into Club Helsinki in Hudson with just an acoustic guitar in hand and proceded to mesmerize and blow-away the packed house with a combination of amazing guitar playing, inspired vocals and top-notch songs that criss-crossed the landscape of American music. His musical narratives painted emotional, personal accounts of his life and those around him, that at times were both plaintive and uplifting. Songs like “Working For The MTA” and “Wanderin'” were reminiscence of two of his most obvious influences, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. The latter he proclaimed was the only person that mattered to him when applying a litmus test to a song he had written… “What would Woody have thought?”