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Listen to Steve Earle’s New Single From Upcoming Album ‘J.T.’ a Tribute to His Late Son

by Atlanta Northcutt
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Steve Earle released a second track from his upcoming album J.T., giving fans of both the father and son a unique and touching record.

The new album by Steve Earle honors the life and talents of his late son, Justine Townes Earle.

Steve Earle Releases New Cover of a Song by His Late Son

Steve released his personal take on “Harlem River Blues,” which was the first taste of his album entitled J.T., The title represents Justin’s first and middle initials.

The release of “Champagne Corolla,” follows “Harlem River Blues”, the first track to JTE’s penultimate album, 2017’s Kids in the Street.

The Newest Song off the ‘J.T’ Album: ‘Champagne Corolla’

Steve’s Tribute to His Son and a Healing Experience

The upcoming tribute album to his son Justin Townes Earle comes after Justin lost his life in August after an accidental overdose on an “acute combined drug toxicity,” reveals the recent autopsy results. The substance being used was laced with the deadly drug fentanyl. Justin struggled with addiction and maintaining sobriety for many years.

The distraught father, thinking of a way to honor his son’s talent of creating raw, empathetic music, decided to cover his son’s songs. His decision led him to cover the beautiful music written and performed by Justin. Steve is keeping his son’s legacy alive with this positive and healing project.

NEW YORK, NY- April 18: Father and son Steve Earle and Justin Townes Earle perform on ‘Steve Earle: Hardcore Troubadour Radio’
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J.T. will be released on January 4th, which is Justin Townes Earle’s 39th birthday. “I made this record, like every other record I’ve ever made. . . for me,” Steve Earle said. “It was the only way I knew to say goodbye.”

All proceeds of the album go to a trust for Justin’s daughter, Etta St. James Earle.