On Wednesday, Earle shared the album’s first song: a rendition of “Harlem River Blues” which appeared on his son’s 2010 studio album of the same name. The senior Earle lends his earthy vocals to the upbeat track, blending his own established sound with his son’s original recording.
JT will contain ten tracks originally penned by Justin, alongside a personal closing note from his father. Each song was carefully selected from the late musician’s extensive discography. All proceeds raised from the sale of JT will be locked into a trust fund for Justin’s daughter Etta St James Earle.
“The record is called JT because Justin was never called anything else until he was nearly grown,” Steve Earle recalled in a statement. “For better or worse, right or wrong, I loved Justin Townes Earle more than anything else on this earth. That being said, I made this record, like every other record I’ve ever made… for me. It was the only way I knew to say goodbye.”
JT will arrive on January 4—what would have been Justin Townes Earle’s 39th birthday. Listen to Steve Earle’s cover “Harlem River Blues” here: