Justin Townes Earle Cancels Tour, Checks Into Rehab
His publicist has released this statement:
“Earle is strongly committed to confronting his on-going struggle with addiction, and thanks his family, friends and fans for their continued support through this difficult time.”
On Monday, details of of the Thursday night incident came out, with the accusation that Earle had hit the owner of Radio Radio David “Tufty” Clough, and then his 23-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Caperton, with a closed fist. Earle was also charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication.
READ ALL THE DETAILS OF THE INCIDENT
This prompted a statement from Justin Townes Earle:
“Unfortunately, reports surfacing online about the incident in
Indianapolis are not accurate. I have been advised by counsel that I
should not comment on a pending criminal matter, but suffice to say
that I am looking forward to having my day in court. I would also like
to say that I oppose violence against women in any form.”
Earle has his first court date on October 18th.
As more details emerge and are verified, they will be added to the original story.
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September 22, 2010 @ 4:37 pm
If I was more cynical, I’d be inclined to think that this was to look good for his court appearances, but I’d really like to believe his Indianapolis incident has served as a wake up call for him.
September 22, 2010 @ 8:12 pm
Good for him, and I mean that. He admitted he needs help, and he’s doing something about it.
September 22, 2010 @ 8:15 pm
If you ever wondered if JTE was an outlaw, now you know. An outlaw would man-up, do the time, find religion or something, fight his or her addictions (or not) the old fashioned way, and move on. You know what Linsey Loham or Britney spears would do? She’d issue a bland press release and check herself into rehab. I hope this wasn’t his decision.
September 22, 2010 @ 10:14 pm
I don’t know if anyone ever thought of him as an Outlaw. After his last album, it’s hard to even think of him as country.
Waylon’s getting clean story is a pretty good one.
September 23, 2010 @ 6:19 am
Hard to think of him as country? Really???
September 23, 2010 @ 7:49 am
He’s folk. I heard it on NPR.
September 23, 2010 @ 9:44 am
Haha… Nice. So you’re buying what they’re selling? I like NPR… As I think you admitted to as well… So what if their yuppie hipsters picked up on it – or so what if JTE’s people actively pitched it to them or what…
I just think to say that this album was written or formatted or whatever SPECIFICALLY for NPR is a little much… No?
September 24, 2010 @ 10:13 am
September 23, 2010 @ 7:17 am
It was country in a Marty Robbins 70’s kind of way wich is’nt a bad thing But I’m glad to see He’s taken some time off to take care of himself
September 22, 2010 @ 10:42 pm
I think he’ll eventually “man-up” whatever that means. But the dude has struggled with booze since his teens, real treatment and rehab is not easy time. And Waylon Jennings was never any kind of “outlaw”, he was just a cokehead, like everybody else in the ’70s. Merle got arrested a couple times for some weak ass misdemeanors. None of those old dudes were anything but showmen.
September 23, 2010 @ 7:53 am
“Waylon Jennings was never any kind of “outlaw”, he was just a cokehead”
“None of those old dudes were anything but showmen.”
Wow, you got some rocks making those kind of statements my friend.
September 23, 2010 @ 9:02 am
Triggerman, please say something to this guy that will cause me to not respond in a manner that I would prefer not to…cos, well, I read this and ended up about as pissed off as I could be…and I’m trying to be classy
September 23, 2010 @ 2:23 pm
Merle Haggard got shipped off to San Quentin for three years over a couple of “week ass misdemeanors”? Wow, they must have been pretty strict back then.
Next time you have a thought just do everybody a favor and keep it to yourself you uneducated fuck.
September 23, 2010 @ 5:21 pm
Merle Haggard fucking escaped from something like a dozen juvenile detention centers, committed multiple armed robberies (the first when he was 13 years old!) and spent three years in San Quentin Apparently, you need to shot somebody in the head and skull fuck the eye socket to get any street cred!
September 23, 2010 @ 12:19 am
It must be very difficult dealing with addiction and the personal consequences of it all whilst being in the public eye. Everybody knowing about it and having commentary about it I think I would find it quite humiliating. I would imagine JTE is in a very vulnerable place right now on so many levels. The fact he has admitted the problem and has taken the courageous step of checking into rehab demonstrates to me he has ‘manned up’. I wish him nothing but the best and will pray for him to experience some reprieve from his disease. Godspeed and much love to you JTE.
September 26, 2010 @ 5:56 am
you’re an idiot. Heaven forbid the man looks out for his career and livelihood. Maybe you should give him a call and tell him he needs try and make himself appear to be an “outlaw” and try to appear to be tougher. You seem like someone who buys whatever someone sells.
September 22, 2010 @ 11:57 pm
WOW…”but suffice to say
that I am looking forward to having my day in court. I would also like
to say that I oppose violence against women in any form.”…sounds like “forced” lawyer speak to me.
September 23, 2010 @ 6:18 am
Not forced lawyer speak… He’s a very intelligent individual. Doing what he did was his best option…
September 23, 2010 @ 7:06 am
If you haven’t had an addiction, it is hard, not impossible, but very hard to comment on it.
“Manning Up” isn’t necessarily admitting it and going to rehab. Manning up is when you are in that moment of decision…”do I do it or not.” Actually, if you get to that decision point, you probaly will lose. Manning up is ridding your life of the stuff. And only YOU can do that in your moments alone. And that is very very very hard.
This jumping to rehab certainly isn’t a bad idea for him, but I doubt he was considering it prior to this incident.
September 23, 2010 @ 7:30 am
glad to hear he’s going for help, but as a labelmate, and fan–this bums me out to no end….
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September 23, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
I’ve had enough of this- ready for the Joe Buck concert review!
September 23, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
I hear what you’re saying man. I’m only one person and clearly there was interest in this story so I had to cover it. I got a bunch of stuff coming up from the core artists, including my Joe Buck interview, Jayke Orvis interview, and a bunch of other stuff.
tyler (psalms for sinners)
September 23, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
fuck, ive avoided commenting for so long, but I give JTE some credit, hes got some fuckin demons, hes working it out, and I wish him only the best. And to triggerman… I love your website and your reviews, i respect your opinions. some of these people need to realize there is more to this scene than Joe Buck and Hank 3 (dont get me wrong I love them both) but fuck… thank you for the Jamey Johnson review.. and thank you for talking about someone besides Hank3. Keep it coming, and we all need to give Justin Townes Earle our support, not trash talk
September 24, 2010 @ 2:20 am
September 24, 2010 @ 7:00 am
My comment of being tired of this topic isn’t about not wanting to hear about jte. And it’s not a criticism of Triggerman. Connotation or feeling gets lost in simple text. the best thing about SCM is that it doesn’t just focus on a couple artist or any one type of country music. I learn about new music all the time.
September 23, 2010 @ 11:27 pm
Like me, if any of you are interested in sending some snail-mail ‘well wishes’ to JTE, Bloodshot Records have said to send it to them and they will forward it on:
3039 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618 USA
September 24, 2010 @ 11:07 am
The road of an addict is a long rough walk indeed. I’m glad he is open to change. Thanks Carla for the information.
September 24, 2010 @ 5:41 pm
Hey Trigger, I finally went and picked up Harlem River Blues last night after work. My first impression of it was really good, which was not what I was expecting. It provided some respite from the fact I was stuck in traffic trying to get home! I found the entire album very listenable and liked it instantly. I do know however that when I hear an album and like it instantly this means I get sick of it very quickly too as there’s nothing left to ‘grow’ on me. I can definitely hear the improvement in his voice from ‘Midnight at the Movies’ but I would have liked a lot of the instrumentation to have been lower in the mix to showcase this more. Quite a lot of the songs are very ‘samey’ too but think any one of them would be amazing live … just JTE and his guitar on stage doing his solo thing. Damn, I wish he’d just do an acoustic album. I still don’t really like the title track and just kept thinking that I wish he’d done it acapella with the gospel choir. My other thought was “this would be a perfect album to have as background music at a dinner party” which is handy … AND a total kiss of death on the other hand! All and all, I like it and am enjoying it for the time being but doubt I will be listening to it a month from now.
September 27, 2010 @ 1:56 pm
After reading Triggerman’s NPR-story, I sort of expected him to burn the cd down in his review. All guns blazing. But he didn’t, it was a very well argumented piece. Thanks for that. I had some very rough times, the last month. My father was dying (he passed away 10 days ago), and I was really hoping that JTE’s new cd would bring some light in dark times, but I didn’t really get to listen to it. I heard it a couple of times, just now I gave it good listen, and I have to say, Triggerman, you made some good points there. I like the sound, but there are no killer songs. And that’s a shame. I don’t think this cd will make it to my best of the year list.
And then I sit here and scroll through all the comments, and read about JTE going into rehab, and I think that maybe all he really needs is a really good motivation to quit the drugs once and for all. He has some mighty big footsteps to follow there, just look at his dad’s carreer.
Maybe checking into rehab is good for the time being, I’m not sure about the long run yet, maybe things have to get more out of control as they have now for him to really get clean. But whatever happens to the guy, I’m not gonna write him off yet. I don’t know about the influence of his addiction on recording his latest cd, I just felt like it was made by another person than the JTE who covered a Replacements-song on MATM. I loved him for that, and that was the first thing I missed. A song like that, be it cover or original.
Anyway, I hope that he’s got what it takes, if he does, we’ll be hearing from JTE for quite a while.
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I take it rehab didn’t work.