Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Justin Townes Earle readies 'The Saint of Lost Causes,' tour

Justin Townes Earle is set to return with The Saint of Lost Causes on May 24. The 12-song set was co-produced by Earle and his longtime engineer Adam Bednarik and was recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN. Founded by Cowboy Jack Clement in 1969, Sound Emporium has hosted country luminaries such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers as well as R.E.M., and countless other historic artists.

The Saint of Lost Causes is Earle’s follow up to the critically acclaimed 2017 Kids In The Street. While he describes Kids as “one of the more personal records I’ve ever made,” Earle - the son of country veteran Steve Earle - chose to focus his gaze outward for this new set of songs.

On it, he writes about 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.”

There is a new video for single “Frightened By The Sound.” They call it an “impressionistic video of a couple in a tense repose" and that it "is a bit of a mid-album respite, an unspecific rumination about the toll Earle’s song subject exacts on real people.”

In a recent interview with Billboard, Earle offers, "That song is not necessarily about one thing. It’s about this world we’re living in, and what could happen to us at any point. We’re probably in one of the more tense times on Earth since the Cuban Missile Crisis -- in this country, anyway. So it’s about the relationships and the way we relate to one another and life and every day with all that going on.”

The video was directed by Joshua Britt & Neilson Hubbard of Neighborhoods Apart Productions and can be seen HERE.

Rolling Stone Country previously premiered the album’s first single, “Ain’t Got No Money,” hear it Here.

Justin Townes Earle has also announced his initial tour dates in support of The Saint of Lost Causes. The dates will launch in April and a weeklong support tour with Rodrigo Y Gabriela, an appearance on NPR's Mountain Stage on May 19 (to be aired nationally on May 31), European dates, and The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival (alongside Foo Fighters, The Killers, and more). All dates below.

The Saint of Lost Causes will be available on CD, across digital retailers, vinyl, gold & translucent yellow vinyl available exclusively at Independent Retailers, and translucent blue-colored vinyl available now for pre-order directly from New West Records.

Track Listing:

1. The Saint Of Lost Causes
2. Ain’t Got No Money
3. Mornings In Memphis
4. Don’t Drink The Water
5. Frightened By The Sound
6. Flint City Shake It
7. Over Alameda
8. Pacific Northwestern Blues
9. Appalachian Nightmare
10. Say Baby
11. Ahi Esta Mi Nina
12. Talking To Myself

Tour dates:

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

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