Friday 28th January and a welcome return to Justin Townes Earle at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham and in support of his fabulous CD Harlem River Blues. Having made no secret of his recent stay in rehabilitation at the end of 2010 it’s great to have him back playing live again and he’s going down a storm on this UK tour.
Right from the opening line of the first and title track “Lord, I’m goin’ uptown to the Harlem River to drown dirty, water gonna cover me over and I’m not gonna make a sound” it’s like a baptism and washing away your sins and Harlem River Blues is a departure to his previous recordings and for me this one of his best so far. His mix of country, gospel and blues from the deep south with some subtle influences from the early Elivs, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, it’s a collection of song actually inspired by his current home in New York and the diverse nature of the people living there. By all accounts the album was recorded mixed and mastered in seven days, preferring to go with the sound that he lays down first, rather than listen back and make any changes, Justin admitted that inevitably he always prefers that first take.
This will be the penultimate night of his UK tour and the doors will be open at 7pm, with the support from James Walbourne on at 7.30pm and with Justin due on by 8.30pm details and tickets can be found at www.empty-rooms.com