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Kent Goolsby & The Gold Standard – No Substitute For Handsome


No Substitute For Handsome is the debut long-player from Nashville based singer-songwriter Kent Goolsby and his band The Gold Standard, the ex-frontman of roots rockers the The Only Sons – who released three fine albums before splitting a couple of years back.

This album see a stylistic shift for Kent as he adopts a contemporary country-blues mantle for this fine collection of original songs with a sound that sits comfortably side-by-side with Americana artists including Justin Townes Earle and Joe Pug; the album was recorded and produced by Glossary frontman Joey Kneiser who also helped out with vocals, drums and percussion on the album , the studio line-up including Kent’s wife Anna on backing vocals,  Steve Daly (Guitar & Mandolin), Dan Eubanks (Upright Bass), Roy Agee (Trombone) and Chris Housman (Fiddle).

The album will be a self-release and available from early next month, though you can pre-order direct from the man himself now.

No Substitute For Handsome

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Justin Townes Earle signs to Loose

With his new album set for release next month Justin Townes Earle has signed to one of my very favourite labels Loose in the UK and the album Single Mothers is now up for pre-order here.


Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.

Entitled Single Mothers, the album is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. “One day I just realised it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin states as he reflects on a life past and his newly found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.

Co-produced along side longtime engineer Adam Bednarik, Single Mothers shines in a world of pop-culture driven Ameri- cana records. “I don’t really know what Americana means anymore,” Justin laughs. “That’s not a slant on Americana, it’s just become a very unclassifiable genre. It’s gone seemingly pop. There are good parts to that, but it’s getting to a point where it won’t be able to redeem itself if it doesn’t slow down. Just like everything that gets popular.” With his heart and soul still rooted in Nashville, Single Mothers shows Justin’s continued combination of catchy songs and authenticity.

The album was recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players – just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment. In fact, his songs “Picture in a Drawer’ and ‘It’s Cold in This House’ are only Justin, his guitar and his pedal steel player Paul Niehaus.

Earle’s new perspective is clear on Single Mothers as it opens with the track ‘Worried Bout The Weather,’ where we see the intimate, sensitive side of JTE. Here Justin rehashes feelings of trouble on the horizon singing “it don’t take a twister to wreck a home, don’t take a night to feel like you’re in the dark and all alone” – a theme that has surfaced before in his lyrics, but this time with a personal honesty and openness. Justin’s mood switches gears on the upbeat track ‘My Baby Drives.’ “My baby drives me to church on Sundays, take me to see my Momma on every other Monday. Some might say I’m the luckiest man alive,” Justin croons light heartedly. On the title track ‘Single Mothers’ we hear feelings of resentment as JTE growls, “absent father, never offer even a dollar, he doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that he’s forfeited his rights to his own. Absent father is long gone.”

“As I’ve gotten older my anger comes from a very different place. It’s more rational and mature. I guess that comes along with clarity,” JTE reflects. Single Mothers finds Justin dealing with past struggles and anger with more ease than ever before. Creating a nostalgic feeling with the return to his signature sound, JTE takes listeners on a journey through some of his most personal stories yet on what can only be described as an authentic country record.

Justin Townes Earle – Radio Songs

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Justin Townes Earle – 1 – Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving

Justin Townes Earle – 2 – Who Am I To Say

Justin Townes Earle – 3 – Lone Pine

Justin Townes Earle – 4 – They Killed John Henry

Justin Townes Earle – 5 – Mama’s Eyes

Justin Townes Earle – 6 – I’m Leaving You This Lonesome Song

Justin Townes Earle – 7 – Down in the Valley

Justin Townes Earle – 8 – Lone Pine Hill

Justin Townes Earle – 9 – Hard Livin’

Justin Townes Earle – 10 – Who Am I to Say

Justin Townes Earle – 11 – I Don’t Care

Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers


After some shenanigans with UK label Communion Records and an enforced time-out it’s great to hear that Justin Townes Earle is back and will release his fifth studio album with new label Vagrant Records in September – here’s the track-list and a live video for one of the tracks.

1. Worried Bout The Weather
2. Single Mothers
3. My Baby Drives
4. Today And A Lonely Night
5. Picture In A Drawer
6. Wanna Be A Stranger
7. White Gardenias
8. Time Shows Fools
9. It’s Cold In This House
10. Burning Pictures

As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. “One day I just realized it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin laughs as he reflects on a life past and his new found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.

Beat Surrender – Best of 2012


Justin Townes Earle

Nothings Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now


Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou

La Ferme De Fontenaille


Kasey Anderson & The Honkies

Let the Bloody Moon Rise


First Aid Kit

The Lion’s Roar


American Aquarium


Alternative / Indie

Lux Lisbon

Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of your Fist


Rachel Brooke

Late Night Lover

The 78 Project – Justin Townes Earle, Rosanne Cash, Amy LaVere

Just in case your not clued into to this thought I’d post a few videos featuring a trio of great artists from The 78 Project.

“The 78 Project is a documentary and recording journey inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th century. Our project brings the spirit of his work into the present as we pair breakthrough musicians with the songs and the fascinating recording technology of the past. With just one microphone, one authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and one blank lacquer disk, musicians are given the opportunity to make a recording anywhere they choose. What we have found is that the film, music and feelings that result defy space and time, living music inspired by ghosts”.

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