Steve Earle to release album of Justin Townes Earle covers

Steve’s son Justin Townes Earle passed away unexpectedly last month.

Country legend Steve Earle will cover his late son Justin Townes Earle’s songs for a new album, due for release in January.

Justin Townes Earle died unexpectedly last month at the age of 38. Police said that the singer-songwriter’s cause of death was a “probable drug overdose.” The likes of Stephen King, Billy Bragg, Margo Price and Jason Isbell paid tribute to Earle in heartfelt messages on social media.

According to Pitchfork, Steve Earle will record the album with his band The Dukes next month. All of the artist advances and royalties from the record will go to a trust for Justin’s daughter Etta St James Earle.


The album will be released in January 2021 to coincide with what would have been his son’s 39th birthday. Justin was born on January 4, 1982. An exact release date for the as-yet-untitled record has not been confirmed.

Justin Townes Earle released his last album, The Saint of Lost Causes, in May 2019. Steve Earle’s last full-length was Ghosts of West Virginia, released May 2020.

The father-and-son duo had performed live together occasionally over the years—in 2011, they played “Mr Mudd and Mr Gold” by Justin’s namesake Townes Van Zandt at a show in Albany, New York, and they sang Steve’s “Hometown Blues” at a 2015 show in New York City.

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