March 9, 2021

Steve Earle releases tribute to late son Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle was just 38 when he died on Aug. 20, 2020. Yet, he was still able to create an incredible catalog of music during his lifetime, releasing eight full-length albums that connected deeply with Americana music fans.

You can hear many of the Nashville singer-songwriter’s best songs on “JT,” the new tribute album to Justin Townes Earle from famed country-rock troubadour Steve Earle and his band the Dukes.

Of course, Steve Earle is best known for such ’80s hits as “Copperhead Road” and “Guitar Town,” as well as for releasing a dozen or so solid albums since then. The most important factor here, however, is that he’s the father of Justin Townes Earle.

The album is being released digitally on Jan. 4, 2021 – which would have been the Justin Townes Earle’s 39th birthday. You can find it on Spotify, Apple Music and most other platforms. It will also be made available on CD and vinyl formats, via New West Records, at a later date. Pre-order a vinyl copy ($ 26) or CD ($ 13) at

All of the artist advances and royalties from “JT” are being donated to a trust for Etta St. James Earle, who is the three-year-old daughter of Justin and Jenn Earle.

Listen to the one of the album’s track – “Harlem River Blues” – below: