Justin Townes Earle has finished his 3rd full length album called Harlem River Blues, and it is due out September 14th on Bloodshot Records. It was recorded in late May, and according to JTE, “We got a little Rock n roll on this one folks,” as he wanted to re-create the “soulful sounds of Memphis, The Staple Singers and Otis Redding.”
Justin now lives in the East Village of New York, and talked about the album and it’s title in a Paste Magazine Interview:
“I drove over the Harlem River one time and it was just the most desolate-looking thing I’d ever seen…it’s just the nastiest body of water you’ve ever seen in your life. And I guess it just kind of inspired me a little bit.”
A fairly all-star cast of contributors was lined up for the album, including former Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell, Paul Niehaus from Calexico, and Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show. Earle co-produced the album with long time friend Skylar Wilson; the first time JTE has tried his hand at producing.
Below you can click on links to live performances of songs likely to make their way on to the album.
*This story has been updated.