Alt-Country singer songwriter Justin Townes Earle has passed away at the age of 38.
Justin is the son of country artist Steve Earle. He was raised by his mother after his father, Steve Earle, left when he was two years old. Justin grew up in Nashville and his influence was more due to his surroundings than to the work of his famous father.
Justin Townes Earle had a tough upbringing that was drowned in drink and drugs but he pulled through to settle into a normal lifestyle with his wife back in Nashville.
Justin was a country music purists. He talked about Country/Pop today with Noise11.com in 2015. “I think it’s been skewed like every genre has. Blues has turned into jive. I don’t know what it is but its not what Robert Johnson did. Where’s the blues in it? Country does that. Hank Williams would be in murderous rage. It has left the place behind. Nashville is the worst for it. If you go to Nashville you won’t see Nashville. It doesn’t represent Nashvillians or the old stylers.
“The song has become an assembly line. Look at your average country song today. You’d see two writers maybe five or more. You see five writers on ‘She thinks My Tractors Sexy’. Why does it take five people to write a song like that? I don’t think anyone who is a country star today can write their way out of a wet paper sack”.
Justin married in 2013. His daughter was born in 2017.
A cause of death has not been announced.
The following announcement was made at the Justin Townes Earle Facebook page:
It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin. So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys.
You will be missed dearly Justin 💔
“I’ve crossed oceans
Fought freezing rain and blowing sand
I’ve crossed lines and roads and wondering rivers
Just looking for a place to land”
It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin. So many…
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