Justin Townes Earle Tribute Concert: Jason Isbell & Others Set to Perform

by Keeli Parkey

It has been more than a year since Justin Townes Earle passed away at the young age of 38 years old. He was a singer and a songwriter from Nashville and the son of rock star Steve Earle.

It was recently announced that Steve Earle and his band, The Dukes, will be joined by many other popular artists in a concert that will honor his late son. The concert is being called “A Celebration of Justin Townes Earle,” according to The Boot.

This special event has been set for Jan. 4, 2022, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. That day would have been the later singer’s 40th birthday. Interestingly, that day is also the one-year anniversary of Steve Earle’s album, “J.T.” His late son helped him produce this album.

This album includes the song “The Saint of Lost Causes,” which was the title track from Justin Town Earle’s eighth album. That album was the last he released before his death. The album also includes the song, “Harlem River Blues.” This is a song that Steve Earle showcased during his Americana Honors and Awards Ceremony performance in September 2021.

Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, and More Will Pay Tribute to Late Singer

Steve Earle and the performers who will honor his late son on Jan. 4 all plan to play Justin’s songs. In addition to Earle and his band, those performers will include such stars and Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Lilly Hiatt. Also taking part will be Mike Ness of Social Distortion and Ben Nichols of Lucero.

Other people close to Townes Earle will also perform. One of these individuals is his aunt, Stacy Earle. Scotty Melton and Dustin Welch, who were collaborators and friends of the late singer, will also perform.

The concert will also be a benefit. Proceeds from the event will go into a trust fund for Justin Townes Earle’s daughter, Etta St. James. Ticket prices begin at $45 and are currently on sale. For more information visit the event’s page on the website of the Ryman Auditorium.

Steve Earle Has Paid Tribute to Justin Townes Earle Since His Death

The death of Justin Townes Earle has been a very sad time for his famous father, Steve Earle. And unsurprisingly, the grieving father has publically paid tribute to his late son on many occasions.

One such occasion was upon the release of his “JT” album in January 2021. “I loved Justin Townes Earle more than anything else on this earth,” Earle said. He also said that the album was “the only way I knew how to say goodbye.”

Earle has also said that the album’s title was inspired by his son. “The record is called ‘J.T.’ because Justin was never called anything else until he was nearly grown. Well, when he was little, I called him Cowboy,” he said, according to Saving Country Music.  

Royalties from this album will also go to the trust fund for Justin Towns Earle’s daughter.