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The Good Life

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Hard Livin'
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The Good Life
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Who Am I To Say
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Lone Pine Hill
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South Georgia Sugar Babe
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What Do You Do When You're Lonesome
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Turn Out My Lights
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Lonesome and You
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Ain't Glad I'm Leaving
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Far Away In Another Town
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 30:43

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Andrew Mueller

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Andrew Mueller is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He has written three books: the music/travel anthology Rock & Hard Places, the gonzo history of the

04.22.11
Justin Townes Earle, The Good Life
Label: Bloodshot Records

Justin Townes Earle clearly does not lack in confidence. Seeking recognition as a distinctive country talent was going to be difficult enough, toting the mixed blessing of his father's surname — that Earle the younger is also flouting that middle name, bestowed in honour of Steve Earle's hero Townes Van Zandt, is indicative of a fondness for a challenge, or a relish for impossible struggles.

Fortunately, nothing on this, Earle's fine debut album, lets… read more »

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By Far His Best So Far

Sapshot

But more is coming, I know. Rock On Justin!

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Great

alexashton

I hear echos of Hank Williams and Jay Farrar all through this album. Take that for what you will, I think it's great.

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Wow!

DanielJMcGinn

And I was unaware that Townes Van Zant and Steve Earle had a love child. But the music world is better for it. This man is a student of good music. These songs are incredible. You really should download this unit!

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dagnabbit thaz gud stuf

WDumont

well, hellow. someone spent some dough here, but well. it workz. howdy to your aunt stacey. wd

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His Daddy Must Be Proud

GDT

You can definitely tell the lineage, but he isn't just copying his famous daddy. You go from "Who Am I To Say", where you can clearly hear the Steve influence, to "Lone Pine Hill", which is all JTE (ok, the dangerous-fellow-with-a-gun theme maybe, but not so much the music). This is a very good listen, and wears well over time. Not everything on this collection is a classic, but there are no duds either.

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Excellent!

Bigkfitzy

Really pleased I found this record... been a Steve Earle and TVZ fan for years and gotta say JTE is worthy of his heritage. If you like Paul Burch, Slaid Cleaves, Robbie Fulks, Jason Ringenberg etc you'll dig this. K

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Great

reggaeinyourjeggae

Alterna-Twang record of the year- period. Has nothing to do with who is dad is either, as there is only one song in here that sounds like Steve may have had a hand in it. Not a week spot in it- heavy rotation

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Solid, Solid, Solid!

fissum

Terrific record from start to finish. Not a weak song in the lot. Justin has learned his craft well. Great songwriting seems to run in the family. Sounds a little like his Dad but clearly has found his own voice here. Very tasty indeed. Great stuff!

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Absolutely Great

ADHD

This is a fantastic album. I was a fan his ep that came out last summer, and this new album is even better.

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been waiting

drew.higginbotham

Been waiting since I heard justin play some of this at the bluebird in Nashville this summer. At that show he said something about getting over the pressures of his names and finding joy in tradition. He's certainly done that here.

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They Say All Music Guide

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: Justin Townes Earle’s father is Steve Earle, and the sort of folks most likely to be interested in Justin’s debut album The Good Life are the same kind of music fans who’ve been following his dad’s work for years. Thankfully for Justin, that’s not because he sounds all that much like his old man; Justin’s voice is sweeter and clearer, and his clear fondness for old-school country gives The Good Life a pleasing feeling of understatement that’s significantly different from Steve’s tougher, more rock-oriented work. But if Justin is reaching back to the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry on numbers like “What Do You Do When You’re Lonesome,” “Hard Livin’,” and the title tune, he also reveals a more contemplative side on thoughtful, no-frills singer/songwriter pieces such as the confessional “Who Am I to Say,” the period gunman’s saga of “Lone Pine Hill,” and “Turn out My Lights,” a plaintive meditation on loneliness and heartbreak. On the latter songs, Justin’s music more closely resembles Steve’s, but while the themes and approaches are similar, Justin isn’t afraid to sound vulnerable, and the youthful modesty of both the songs and the performances works in their favor; this doesn’t suggest the work of someone following Steve Earle’s template but of a songwriter who has dealt with a set of similar demons and has a corresponding but distinct perspective on how they’ve impacted his life. The simple arrangements and hands-off production add to the gentle but decisive impact of The Good Life, and the result is a fine calling card for a young singer/songwriter who may not have worked out every last detail of his sound but clearly knows where he’s going, and it happens to be a place worth visiting. – Mark Deming

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