In the think piece
that ran in this week's music section, freelancer Jewly Hight uses Nashville-rooted singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle as one of her examples of modern performers and their role as entertainers. It's a good read, and anyone who's seen JTE live can likely agree that an artful persona is a big part of the man's presentation. But with his Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
— out March 27 via Bloodshot Records — Earle seems to be calling on new influence. At least, according to a quote from the press release: "I think that it's the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues
. This time I've gone in a Memphis-soul direction."
The forthcoming album was recorded (live, with no overdubs) in just four days at "an old converted church" in Asheville, NC, and was produced by Earle and Nashvillian Skylar Wilson — you may know Wilson for his work on this film, or as one of the Dots, or as one of the dudes who wrote the shampoo song. Speaking of Nashvillians you might recognize, that cover art over there features Ettes drummer and newly blossoming music video director Poni Silver. Earle debuted the titular track from Nothing's Gonna Change ... at Rolling Stone. It's a dark, heavy, slowly creeping tearjerker — or an onion ballad, as some might call it. Hop over to the Stone and give it a listen.