Reviews in 200 Words

Justin Townes Earle: Indianapolis, IN

In Concert on September 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

This guy has got a lot to live up to: the namesake of Townes Van Zandt and the son of Steve Earle…those are already some significant shoes to tie up, and he’s only twenty eight years old. But Radio Radio is hip as ever and people seem to be there to be seen, to sip cocktails and revel in their tattooed selves. Everyone looks good. It’s outside of the city enough, small enough, and dark enough to make you feel like you’re somewhere significant–like you’ve made the list. After an unimpressive opening by Jessica Lea Mayfield, Justin Townes Earle takes the stage with bass and fiddle players; he cradles a guitar like he’s been doing this forever–this man feels more comfortable on the stage than off. “Mama’s Eyes,” is remarkably smooth–it makes you want to weep; it makes you wonder what he got from his father. And then that wonder is realized: things turn weird, and drunk. These are the things that happen to musicians. The crowd is loud, people are buzzed and taunting and it all hits the stage wrong. At the end of the set, Earle dashes out with Mayfield and no encore, except a fight in the street. These things happen; sometimes you see them. 

-Micah Ling


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