A Wayward Word's Worth

July 3, 2010

Solace in Song

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 4:49 pm

Justin Townes Earle says he gets personal in his lyrics so he can better connect with fans. By Kyle Mullin for New Brunswick’s Telegraph Journal, June 28 2010.

Today, Justin Townes Earle tours the world, but there was once a two-year stretch when the budding singer-songwriter couldn’t even afford to own a guitar. He was instead investing in crack pipes, or spending one night too many falling asleep with a needle in his arm. And once, when he awoke, that needle was replaced by an IV. Its steady drip was like an hour glass, counting down every wasted moment.

“I dropped dead in my living room, and I woke up seven days later in the hospital with tubes coming out of me,” said the young troubadour, who is the eldest son of the equally infamous Steve Earle. “Heroin messed up my whole world, from when I was 12 and trying it for the first time until I was 22, pawning my guitar for it and ending up in the hospital.”


Solace in Song




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