From not wanting to go, to dragging my sorry arse out of the house I was glad I did – Justin Townes Earle was fantastic.
He played a huge range of musical styles, alone, just him and his guitar. From swampbilly rock, to western swing, to hillbilly there were shades of his father’s voice, and even particular mannerisms – that “bending over and holding his head on the side” thing that he does.
He’s a prolific performer. Malcolm Gladwell has that Outlier theory that people need to do 10,000 hours to get really really good at whatever they do well. With the number of gigs that Earle has done Malcolm Gladwell’s hypothesis stacks up beautifully.
Here’s a video that I shot of Justin’s second to last song. Enjoy.