Justin Townes Earle, an acclaimed US songwriter and son of Steve Earle, has died, in information confirmed on the artist’s Facebook web page on Sunday evening.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin,” the post read. “So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys. You will be missed dearly.”
Named for his father’s buddy and idol Townes Van Zandt, Earle, 38, battled habit all through his life. He launched eight albums throughout the course of his profession, which noticed him honored twice on the Americana Music awards together with for his best-known music, Harlem River Blues.
Many have paid tribute to the artist on Twitter, with the musician Samantha Crain reflecting on their friendship: “Such a tremendous songwriter. He took me on two tours and always treated me so kindly. He understood struggle, he understood joy I saw him at the peaks and valleys of both through the 13 years I knew him.”
His buddy and collaborator Jason Isbell stated: “Had a lot of good times and made a lot of good music with JTE. So sad for his family tonight.”
My buddy, Justin Townes Earle, has handed away. Such an amazing songwriter…he took me on 2 excursions and at all times handled me so kindly….he understood battle, he understood pleasure…I noticed him on the peaks and valleys of each by way of the 13 years I knew him…we are going to miss you JT ❤ pic.twitter.com/rq74Qu3Hif
— Samantha Crain (@sjcrain) August 24, 2020
Had quite a bit of good occasions and made quite a bit of good music with JTE. So unhappy for his household tonight.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) August 24, 2020
It seems that Justin Townes Earle has died. I hope it is a hoax however worry it isn’t. What a loss.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 24, 2020
The author and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib praised Earle as “an incredible writer of narrative – stories that flourished beyond the music they were laid over”. the NPR music critic Ann Powers described his final album, The Saint of Lost Causes, as “a powerful road map of America … we’ve lost someone with real vision.”
Justin Townes Earle was such an unimaginable author of narrative — tales that flourished past the music they have been laid over. The folks and locations in his songs at all times felt so touchable to me. Sad to listen to the information of his passing.
— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) August 24, 2020
Terribly unhappy information about Justin Townes Earle. His final album, The Saint of Lost Causes, was a strong street map of America. I’m so sorry for all who beloved him and for us as a result of we have misplaced somebody with actual imaginative and prescient. #RIPJustinTownesEarle https://t.co/D4Ci3taxiN
— Feeling Distant (@annkpowers) August 24, 2020
Earle left behind his spouse and younger daughter. No trigger of demise was confirmed.