Also comprised of 10 tracks, Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. A complete track list can be found below.
Single Mothers was released in September 2014 via Loose Music and, combined with Absent Fathers, the double album perfectly showcases exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. Hailed as an album that's "showing the world that alt-country can be pretty dope," (Noisey/Vice), Single Mothers has had great radio success, with plays across the BBC.
The albums were recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players - just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment. In fact, his songs "Picture in a Drawer' and 'It's Cold in This House' are only Justin, his guitar and his pedal steel player Paul Niehaus.
A specially packaged double vinyl LP containing both albums - Single Mothers and Absent Fathers - is also available to pre-order.
Justin Townes Earle is about to embark in UK and Europe tour next week, with support by label mate Andrew Combs.
17 Jan GLASGOW, 02 ABC (Celtic Connections)
18 Jan GATESHEAD, Caedmon Hall
19 Jan MANCHESTER, Band on the Wall
21 Jan OSLO, John Dee
23 Jan STOCKHOLM, Sodra Teatern
24 Jan GOTHENBURG, Pustervik
25 Jan MALMO, KB
26 Jan BERLIN, Grüner Salon
28 Jan HAMBURG, Nochtspeicher
29 Jan AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
30 Jan GRONINGEN, Oosterpoort
31 Jan ROTTERDAM, Rotown
01 Feb UTRECHT, Tivoli Vredenburg
03 Feb LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
04 Feb NOTTINGHAM, Glee Club
05 Feb BRISTOL, The Tunnels
06 Feb LONDON, Union Chapel - SOLD OUT