• Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011

    Singer/Songwriter Justin Townes Earle Performs at Carnegie Hall As Part of WFUV Live At Zankel Series On Friday, December 2

    Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle makes his Zankel Hall debut on Friday, December 2 at 10:00 p.m. performing works from his latest album Harlem River Blues and other favorites. Taking inspiration from artists as diverse as Townes Van Zandt (whom he was named after by his father, acclaimed musician Steve Earle), Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain, The Replacements, and Ray Charles among others, Earle has forged his own brand of American roots music. He proves, according to Popmatters.com, “...there are still artists out there who revere the deep roots of the American musical tradition while still pushing the boundaries to create something new and wonderful.” For this performance, Earle is joined by fiddle player Amanda Shires and bassist Bryn Davies. This concert is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with WFUV, 90.7 FM as part of the 2011–2012 WFUV Live at Zankel concert series which celebrates the art of singer-songwriters and the eclectic nature of their music. WFUV Music Director Rita Houston curates the series with Carnegie Hall and serves as host for the concerts.

    Woody Guthrie—a musical hero for Justin Townes Earle—once said, “Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” On Harlem River Blues, Earle chose the simple route with a mature and nuanced sound that embraces his raw voice and clean sound. The album straddles not only the Mason-Dixon line by bringing a more modern sound to his southern roots, but also time itself with musical selections that display a timeless appeal. To see the official video for “Midnight at the Movies”, please click here.

    Carnegie Hall’s WFUV Live at Zankel, which began in October 2005 as City Folk® Live at Zankel, is based on WFUV’s pioneering music format which blends adult rock, singer-songwriters, and roots music. Artists who have performed as part of the series include the bird and the bee, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, Cowboy Junkies, Kathleen Edwards and John Doe, Alejandro Escovedo, Richie Havens, Indigo Girls, Nick Lowe, Gary Louris and Mark Olson, Shelby Lynne, Nellie McKay, Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Jane Siberry, and Suzanne Vega among others.

    WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) WFUV is a non-commercial, listener-supported public radio station, licensed to Fordham University for 60 years. Serving more than 300,000 listeners each week in the New York area and thousands more worldwide on the web, and a leader in contemporary music radio, WFUV offers an eclectic mix of rock, singer-songwriters, blues, world and other music, plus headlines from National Public Radio, local news, and sports.

    Prior to Earle’s performance, starting at 9:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel, a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge, and meet others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.

    About The Artist
    Justin Townes Earle, the son of maverick Texas songwriter Steve Earle (and carrying the middle name of his dad's mentor, Townes Van Zandt), grew up in Nashville and took up music early, playing in the bluegrass and ragtime combo The Swindlers and the hard rocking Distributors. He also toured (playing guitar and keyboards) with his father's road band the Dukes. Earle developed his own writing and playing style, a hybrid mixing folk and blues with strong early-country leanings. He self-released the six-song EP Yuma in 2007, and attracted the attention of Chicago's Bloodshot Records, who signed him and put out a full-length project entitled The Good Life in 2008. Follow up recordings including Midnight Movies (2009), and Harlem River Blues (2010) were met with critical acclaim.

    Earle was named Best New and Emerging Artist at the 2009 Americana Music Awards. His record, Midnight at the Movies, was named one of the best records of the year by Amazon, and received four stars in Rolling Stone having found a sweet spot in the hearts of fans and critics alike. Additionally, GQ Magazine named him one of the 25 best dressed men in the world in 2010. He also appeared on HBO’s Treme with his dad on whose Grammy Award-winning record Justin also guest stars.

    Program Information
    Friday, December 2 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Amanda Shires, Fiddle
    Bryn Davies, Bass

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with WFUV.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Single tickets, priced at $39 and $46, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

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