Released: January 2015
Last time we touched base with Justin Townes Earle here at Culturefly, we were raving about his album Single Mothers. Now, an incredible four months later we are treated to this unexpected, but wholly welcome, second slice of Americana.
As the title suggests, this is very much in the same vein as the first. Lamenting ditties, heavy-hearted songs of sorrow and loss, some wondrous slide guitar and bluesy thumps are all wrapped in a jar of moonshine so sweet it lingers on the ear.
Earle is still plying his troubadour trade, with the one man and his guitar feel paying dividends in a genre so reliant on authenticity. Call Ya Momma is possibly the album’s most charging alt-country song, while Least I Got The Blues has some of the most serene slide guitar work you will hear this year.
And when you get to the touchingly honest Day And Night you understand just why Earle deserves the plaudits.
What is most remarkable about Absent Fathers is that the quality of musicianship and songwriting is still consistently high, despite fears that this album has been rushed out for Earle to be able to put a few more songs into his set.
On the evidence of this, keep your eyes and ears open for another album soon from the man who has rightly earned the title of country music’s hardest working star.