I'll keep this one short.
Steve Earle's latest album is a tribute to his son, Justin Townes Earle after Justin tragically passed away last August.
This means that if you're looking to get into to Steve Earle, the legendary song-writer, this shouldn't be how you start. I'd suggest his 2004 album, "The Revolution Starts Now", his material from the 80s like "Guitar Town" and "Coppertown Road' or my favorite as of now, "Jerusalem". Be that as it may, "J.T" is still a must-listen for this month.
The album consists of Steve Earle covering 10 songs from Justin. Which I thought was super creative and clever, as I've never heard of that concept. A father covering the songs of his son. As one could expect, his renditions are subtly vulnerable and uniquely emotional that only a grieving father could deliver. Everything culminates in the last song, "Last Words", which is a song written by Steve for his son, Justin. In my opinion, it's the highlight of the album as Steve pours his heart out, it's a fucking tear-jerker.
Ultimately, I already enjoyed these Justin Townes Earle songs quite a bit, especially "The Saint Of Lost Causes" and "Maria" and honestly the context around these tracks only enhances their value and impact. Steve's vocals are painfully emotional as always and the instrumentation is as pleasant as ever. Definitely worth a listen!
On another note, I'm sending positive energy to Steve. Much like Tricky's last album, "Fall To Pieces", for as much as I love this album, I wish the situation which prompted this album never happened. Rest in power, Justin Townes Earle.
BEST TRACKS: "Maria", "Far Away In Another Town", "Last Words"