New Release & Video: Justin Townes Earle – Frightened By The Sound

Photo Credit: Joshua Black Wilkens

Justin Townes Earle is set to return with The Saint of Lost Causes on May 24th. The 12-song set was co-produced by Earle and his longtime engineer Adam Bednarik and was recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN

Today, the video for The Saint of Lost Causes single “Frightened By The Sound” has been unveiled .The video was directed by Joshua Britt & Neilson Hubbard of Neighborhoods Apart Productions and can be seen below…

Justin Townes Earle has done a lot of living in 37 years. Born in Nashville on January 4th, 1982, he grew up as the son of country-rock iconoclast Steve Earle, who gave him his middle name in honor of his mentor, the brilliant songwriter Townes Van Zandt. For years he struggled with addiction with numerous stints in rehab; long stretches of itinerancy and general juvenile delinquency; a youth he once said he was “lucky to have gotten out of alive.” These days Earle is focused as a married father to a baby girl and is creating the best art of his career. While he describes previous record Kids In The Street as “one of the more personal records I’ve ever made,” he chose to focus his gaze outward for this new set of songs

For The Saint of Lost Causes, Earle is focused on a different America – the disenfranchised and the downtrodden, the oppressed and the oppressors, the hopeful and the hopeless, as well as their geography. There’s the drugstore-cowboy-turned-cop-killer praying for forgiveness (“Appalachian Nightmare”) and the Michiganders persevering through economic and industrial devastation (“Flint City Shake It”); the stuck mother dreaming of a better life on the right side of the California tracks (“Over Alameda”) and the Cuban man in New York City weighed down by a world of regret (“Ahi Esta Mi Nina”); the “used up” soul desperate to get to New Orleans (“Ain’t Got No Money”) and the “sons of bitches” in West Virginia poisoning the land and sea (“Don’t Drink The Water”)

These are individuals and communities in every corner of the country, struggling through the ordinary – and sometimes extraordinary – circumstances of everyday life. “I was trying to look through the eyes of America,” Earle says. “Because I believe in the idea of America – that everybody’s welcome here and has a right to be here.” Earle tells these American stories in detail and without judgement. While some songs cite historic events, other tracks present fictionalized narratives that are no less harrowing or true-to-life

Justin Townes Earle has also announced his initial tour dates in support of The Saint of Lost Causes. The dates will launch on April 12th in Waverly, AL and include a week long support tour with Rodrigo Y Gabriela, an appearance on NPR’s Mountain Stage on May 19th (to be aired nationally on May 31st), European dates, and The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival (alongside Foo Fighters, The Killers, and more). Please see all dates below…

April 12th – Waverly, AL – Waverly Local
April 13th – Columbia, SC – River Rocks Festival
April 14th – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
May 19th – Charleston, WV – Culture Center Theatre / NPR Mountain Stage
June 1st – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
June 2nd – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
June 4th – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
June 5th – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion
June 7th – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
June 9th – Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Garden Amphitheater
June 15th – Stockholm, SE – Sthlm Americana
June 16th – Loderup, SE – Solhallen
June 18th – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
June 20th – London, UK – Union Chapel
June 22nd – Tunbridge Wells, UK – Black Deer Festival
June 23rd – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
June 24th – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
June 25th – Newcastle, UK – Live Theatre
June 26th – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
September 21st & 22nd – Franklin, TN Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival