Today, Steve Earle & The Dukes have released J.T. This marks Steve’s 20th studio album, and is a tribute to Steve’s late son, Justin Townes Earle, who would have turned 39 years old today. On the album, they cover ten songs from Justin’s discography, and finish with Steve’s heartfelt tribute, “Last Words.” They will be performing “Harlem River Blues,” from the album, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Thursday, January 7.
Prior to the full album’s release, Steve released just two tracks, “Harlem River Blues” and “Champagne Corolla,” the former of which has seen success at Americana radio, notably being #1 most added the week of November 30th. The two tracks have both been praised by the press, with “Harlem River Blues” being dubbed an “energetic country-rock ramble” by Stereogum, while Billboard said that on “Champagne Corolla,” Steve Earle & The Dukes “imbue the song with the perfect blend of barroom rock and blues… Earle’s affection for the song — and his son — shine through on this pearl.” Steve recently spoke with The New York Times about the importance of making J.T. for his late son.
100% of the artist advances and royalties from J.T. will be donated to a trust for Etta St. James Earle, the three-year-old daughter of Justin and Jenn Earle. CD and vinyl editions of the album will be released on March 19 of this year.