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Justin Townes Earle with special guest Tift Merrit
Family dynasties in country music are surely nothing new —
but just as surely as Steve Earle has blazed a trail of bracingly honest
songcraft and life experience that could never be conjured by a Music Row
publicist, so too has Justin Townes Earle fought on the frontlines of
alt-country, Americana and those no-man’s-lands between the relative safety of
the stylistic pigeonholes.
Named for iconic rebel Townes Van Zandt; born in Nashville
(but never necessarily of it), Justin Townes Earle nonetheless has style to
spare — a sensibility that’s landed him on GQ’s list of “style stars,” and
that’s made him every lanky inch the stranger at large in the wilds of New York
City. As many thousands of fans also realize, JTE backs up that easy style with
some hard skills — a beyond-his-years musical wisdom and a guitar/vocal
technique that’s allowed him to wow audiences variously characterized as
“bluegrass,” “Americana,” “blues,” “folk” and “alternative.” Touring behind his
2012 Bloodshot Records release Nothing’s
Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, Earle returns to Monmouth
County for his first area theater show, on the Pollak stage at Monmouth. Opening for JTE will be soulful singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.
*This concert has been rescheduled from the original November 4, 2012 date