Justin Townes Earle is heading to London with a new album in tow.
He plays Omeara on 4 July in support of ‘Kids in The Street’, which is released on 26 May and follows the companion albums ‘Single Mothers’ and ‘Absent Fathers’.
“Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years,” says Earle. “I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I’ve written since I’ve been married. There’s definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I’m feeling pretty positive,” he admits.
“When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record’s more about looking outward on what’s happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it’s got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I’ve done before.”
But that’s not all that’s changed for Earle.
Produced by Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit collaborator Mike Mogis, the 12-song set marks the first time he’s worked with an outside producer – and recorded outside Nashville.
“It’s the first time that I’ve worked outside of my usual umbrella of people to make a record,” Earle reveals. “In Nashville, if you have the right connections, it’ll spoil the shit out of you, because you’ve got access to the best musicians in the world and the best studios in the world. If you had told me when I started making records, that I wasn’t gonna make every record in Nashville, I would have told you you were crazy. And if you’d told me that I’d end up making a record in Omaha, I’d tell you you were out of your freaking mind”.