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, so they were released as separate albums within 3 months from each other.
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.
WATCH NEW VIDEO : ‘CALL YA MOMMA’
Following the release of his critically acclaimed album Absent Fathers via Loose Music earlier this year, Justin Townes Earle has now shared a new video for single ‘Call Ya Momma“.
The video was premiered by Rolling Stone, and was directed by Andrew Van Ball, which here gives a Western twist on Ambrose Bierce’s classic short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
Stream the track here: ‘CALL YA MOMMA’
“Long streak of blue country brilliance” – Album of the Month
““whether taken separately or as a whole, both these striking albums deserve your time””
““a finely tuned wallow in male heartache”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“ No longer needing to beg for attention, he’s built a career that’s brought him critical acclaim and a well-deserved reputation for consistent artistic integrity.”
““while Steve’s fingerprints continue to leave a few smudges, six albums in, Justin looks like he’s better equipped than ever to step out of the shadow” RECORD COLLECTOR