Time was when Justin Townes Earle found it hard to shake the associations with his father, Steve Earle, and stand out as a singular songwriter in his own right. From his period of drug addiction to traveling the world often by himself, his guitar in tow, the younger Earle has seemed to replicate the mythos of his father for most of his adult life. But the Bloodshot Records artist’s latest release, 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, garnered stellar reviews pretty much across the board and established him as a legitimate force in Americana. Earle’s live show is a stripped-down man-and-guitar-and-sometimes-harmonica type of performance, so if you’re looking to be serenaded with some solid songs, this concert—the last of Poverty is Real’s 2013 Whatever it Takes benefits—is definitely for you.
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