Hear Steve Earle’s covers album honoring late son Justin Townes Earle

The country icon performs his son’s finest compositions.

Country music veteran Steve Earle has released the covers album JT in tribute to his son, the late Justin Townes Earle. It arrived January 4, which would have marked Townes Earle’s 39th birthday.

Townes Earle died from an accidental overdose in August last year. Across his career, he frequently collaborated with his father both in the studio and on the stage, at one point serving as a member of his father’s band, the Dukes.

On JT, Earle delivers gorgeous covers of selected songs from his son’s eight-album discography. Townes Earle’s career highlights “Harlem River Blues,” “Lone Pine Hill” and “The Saint of Lost Causes” are all on the tracklist, with an added parting message, “Last Words.” Penned by Steve Earle, “Last Words” renders heartbreaking lyricism from a loving father describing the experience of outliving his son atop raw acoustic guitar.


“His best songs were as good as anybody’s,” Earle told The New York Times last month. “He was a way better singer than I am, a way better guitar player, technically, than I am. His fingerpicking could be mind-blowing.”

Earle has committed the artist advances and royalties from JT to a trust for Townes Earle’s daughter, Etta St James Earle.

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