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Justin Townes Earle

Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot)

Reviewed by Dan Oko, Fri., March 16, 2012

SXSW 2012 Records

Justin Townes Earle

Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot)

The title of J.T. Earle's fourth release, bubbling with Memphis-style horns, could be aimed at a lover – or a loyal listener. On first blush, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now seems intent on visiting familiar places – "Hear my dad on the radio" are the first words Earle sings, diving right in – but soon, he and his guitar are edging into fresh territory. Famous father Steve Earle may be on his mind, but Earle Jr. doesn't dwell too much. Over 10 songs, he balances ballads ("Won't Be the Last Time"), upbeat wordplay ("Baby's Got a Bad Idea"), and road songs ("Memphis in the Rain"), employing a winning Asbury Park growl. Earle's fully grown now, dealing with work, girl trouble, and being a better man. With material like this, he may even find a way to add a chapter to the Great American Songbook. (Sat., 9pm, Stubb's)

****

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