Exclusive Q and A: Justin Townes Earle Comes Clean about Rehab, Music, and His Future

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsJustin Townes Earle, the son of much-loved music icon Steve Earle, may be Nashville royalty, but you’d never know it by talking to him.

Even after winning all kinds of critical and popular kudos for his 2010 album Harlem River Blues, the now thirty-year-old Earle stayed focused on his music and moving his career forward. He’s done just that on Nothing Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, an Americana feast filled with blues and soul. As lush as the music is, it’s the personal stories told in the songs”about his father, loneliness and longing”that grab at the listeners’ heart strings.

Just before he began his spring tour behind the just-released album, Earle spoke to OurStage about his music, his life and just what he hopes to find moving ahead.

OS: You had amazing success with Harlem River Blues, winning all kinds of awards including the Americana Music Association Award for Song of the Year for the title track. Now you’re again nominated for Americana Music Association Awards for your latest album Nothing Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. That’s great, but why did you decide to turn around and release another album so quickly?

JTE: I just didn’t see that after Harlem River Blues it was any time to rest on my laurels. It did a lot of things (including winning popular acclaim and media attention) that my other records didn’t do. In this environment, in this industry, it definitely takes extreme hard work and extreme luck to make it these days. Also, I keep writing and getting ideas for records.