Justin Townes Earle @ Headliners

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088
www.justintownesearle.com
$12 adv., $15 door; 9 p.m.

A descendent of music royalty (son of Steve Earle, named after Townes Van Zandt and, legend has it, conceived in the musty palace that is Nashville’s most notorious dive bar, Springwater), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Justin Townes Earle makes some damn fine music. His latest album, Harlem River Blues, is a timeless mix of twang and gospel. The haunting railroad ballad “Workin’ for the MTA” begs for the repeat button. As an NPR reviewer aptly said, the song would “make (Woodie) Guthrie proud.” Sadly, Earle’s music isn’t the sole reason he’s vaulted into the spotlight. Last September, he had to cancel an appearance in Louisville after being charged with assault for allegedly punching the owner of an Indianapolis venue. Let’s cross our fingers that, leading up to Tuesday, Earle keeps his hands on his guitar, temper in check. —Anne Marshall

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