Harlem River Blues

Harlem River Blues

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by Justin Townes Earle
     
 

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Justin Townes Earle is an anomaly. He's tall as the day is long, all angles and elbows and a hard stare, both welcoming and deadly serious. He's Nashville North, all set up in lower Manhattan now, just like his hero Woody Guthrie, with twang and charm intact.

Compared to the much-lauded Midnight at the Movies, Harlem River Blues is more mature and

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Justin Townes Earle is an anomaly. He's tall as the day is long, all angles and elbows and a hard stare, both welcoming and deadly serious. He's Nashville North, all set up in lower Manhattan now, just like his hero Woody Guthrie, with twang and charm intact.

Compared to the much-lauded Midnight at the Movies, Harlem River Blues is more mature and increasingly nuanced, while still embracing the raw voice and clean sound of previous standout tracks like "Mama's Eyes." Harlem River Blues kicks off hot with the title track's choir of backing singers and electric guitar, slow dances through a decrepit tenement on "One More Night in Brooklyn," and swings à la Jerry Lee Lewis on "Move Over Mama." "Working for the MTA" is a modern day railway ballad, embracing the labor movement in classic folk singer style over some heartbreaking pedal steel from Calexico's Paul Niehaus.

With percussive guitar, killer standup bass lines by Bryn Davies (Patty Griffin, Guy Clark) and a guest appearances from Jason Isbell and Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show, this record hums along like a 6 train jumpin' the tracks and heading straight for the Tennessee state line. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Bloodshot Records
UPC:
0744302017822
catalogNumber:
178
Rank:
5359

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Townes Earle   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
Bryan Owings   Percussion,Drums
Paul Niehaus   Steel Guitar
Skylar Wilson   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Vibes,Hand Clapping
Jason Isbell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Joshua Black Wilkins   Hand Clapping
Phillip Lassiter   Trumpet
Bryn Davies   Cello,Choir, Chorus,Bowed Bass,Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony
Ketch Secor   Harmonica
Caitlin Rose   Choir, Chorus
Rayland Baxter   Choir, Chorus
Josh Hedley   Fiddle,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Jordan Caress   Choir, Chorus
Alex Caress   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jim DeMain   Mastering
Skylar Wilson   Producer
Adam Bednarik   Engineer
Joshua Black Wilkins   Artwork
Justin Townes Earle   Composer,Producer
Scotty Melton   Composer
Cali DeVaney   Fashion Stylist

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