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Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues


Echoes..echoes..names...places....water....and is that JTE waving or drowning on the cover...or is it cast members of Oh Brother Where Art Thou.....no not this time...remember this is the Harlem river not the Mississippi...but it sounds so southern ..


Although JTE is having his tussles and tribulations he ain't waiting in that water to be saved..or is he. Back story is pure..nobody could have better antecedents to join the Texas Songwriter aristocracy but until now I been unsure. Sure have been some gems in previous two albums ..but overall can he climb on Bob Dylan's coffee table?...well ....

Yes indeed now he can...and how.

First track convinces..convinces in a Bob Dylan/Buddy Miller way. His is modern timeless music. exquisitely produced and just full of more than reverb. This actually summons ghosts and it has that 'rightous' feel that Levon Helm talked about. More warmth and valve smokiness than mercury wildness but hell this only his third record. Working for the MTA and Wanderin slide effortlessly back to Greenwich Village circa 1963 and who says if he was playing next to Zimmerman which one would get that Columbia deal..yes its that good.

This kind of record is all about myth. It has its craft and its precision and its historical echoes and should be produced on shellac but at the end of the day its about the writing. The writing throughout is superb..up there with best of Daddy and Uncle Townes. Now I rarely get this effusive but shit this is the real deal.

I could pick out highlights but there so many where to start....the muscle shoals start to 'Slippin and Slidin' is spot on. If Otis was alive I could hear him singing this. Elsewhere apart from Jimmy Rodgers i also hear hints of Micky Newbury and Charlie Rich and hell those are two mountains of modern American song to try and climb and JTE does it so well.

I doubt if there will be a better songwriter record released this year. It is automatically my number one. Forget the Ryan Bingham career hype this is the true story of country music delivered beautifully.

'Christchurch Woman' is an instant classic. It the song Ryan Adams never quite wrote despite his torrent of songs. It contains some beautiful guitar work from Jason Isbell?

Americana....shit the term overused and abused by some third rate shit these days but this deserves the title totally. This is very good americana music. Everybody else you better raise our game and dad watch out ..remember what happens in Shakespeare plays ....

JTE is stealing crowns all over...beg, steal or borrow this music

http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/harlem-river-blues

Townes must be be pickin and grinnin up there in heaven...

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Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
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JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
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61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
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53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
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Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
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Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
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Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
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Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
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35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
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32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
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Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
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Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
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25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
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Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
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Blue Rose Records
WR
21
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Six Shooter
JF
22
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20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
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20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
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25
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18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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