Review: Justin Townes Earle – Absent Fathers (Vagrant / Universal Music Canada)

JTEAlthough he might be forever destined to live in his father Steve Earle’s shadow, Justin Townes Earle is proving to be a formidable songwriter in his own right. On Absent Fathers, Earle’s companion piece to last fall’s Single Mothers, Earle leans towards an intimate, confessional style of storytelling, delivering listeners a compelling mix of blues and classic country. Backed by a three-piece group, “When The One You Love Loses Faith” is a lonely yet inspired piece of soul-influenced music while on “Day and Night” and “Farther From Me,” the simplicity in Earle’s songwriting takes centre stage. With such a killer knack for songwriting, it won’t be long before Justin Townes Earle is the Earle family member people are really talking about.