Earle records with Bloodshot Records which hosts other popular acts such as Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound (who was a sensation at Wilco’s 2011 Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA). This year Earle will release his fifth album Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. In a recent Rolling Stone interview Earle talked about his new direction: “I think that it’s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one. This time I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction”.
When it comes to comparisons The Guardian UK hears “echoes of Guthrie and Springsteen” in Earle. Tiny Mix Tapes says, “Boasting the kind of voice most often found on dust-covered 78s, Earle is undeniably the real thing. His music feels old-fashioned, but in a timeless, not anachronistic, way.” Accolades for Earle include the 2009 Americana Music Awards in the “Best New and Emerging Artist” category, as well as nominations for “Best Artist” and “Best Album”. He was also featured as #8 on Amazon’s “Best Country Album” list for 2009, with the track “Walk Out” chosen as one of Amazon’s “100 Best Songs”. Appearances include a performance on NPR’s Morning Edition, World Café, and the stage of The Grand Ole Opry. The New York Times praises Earle as a “gifted performer in his own right.”
Richard Buckner, who has two decades of experience under his belt, will open, adding another variation on the theme of Americana gone urban. NPR reviewed his most recent album Odd Blood, saying, “The nine songs here provide an excellent crash course in Buckner’s unlikely combination of gifts, most notably his ability to sound bone-tired and weather-beaten at the same time his songs shimmer agreeably.”
Tickets for Justin Townes Earle are $22 in advance and $26 the day of the performance. Members are eligible for a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located on Marshall Street in North Adams, open from 11AM to 5PM every day but Tuesdays. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or online at www.massmoca.org at any time.