An Evening with Justin Townes Earle and Joshua Hedley



Alt-country heartthrob Justin Townes Earle returns to Australian shores making his Melbourne Recital Centre debut.

Joined by Nashville mainstay Joshua Headley (who has played with Jack White, Dan Auberach and Nikki Lane), Justin Townes Earle spends an evening with Melbourne audiences in the intimate surrounds of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall introducing his newest album, Kids In The Street and revisiting fan favourites.

Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in 35 short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most. Having launched a career only a decade ago, his songwriting prowess has established him with a reputation as a singular leading light in the Americana music community. His ability to craft infectious melodies, brimming with fearless, personally charged lyrical insights has already cemented his place as being a young veteran singer-songwriter armed with a rich body of work.

Son of country-rock iconoclast Steve Earle, Justin received his middle name in honour of the great Texan songwriter, Townes Van Zandt. His ability to walk the line between tradition and his own modernity is apparent in his knack for delivering emotional performances, laying bare his often harsh life experiences through song. His jangling guitar strung blues and folk-styled, country croon harks back to the innocence of Chuck Berry, and contemporaries Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

Having first taken the hearts of Australian audiences during a tour in late 2008, Justin Townes Earle’s steady rise of regular tours of Australia has seen him play some of our biggest festival stages including Byron Bay Bluesfest, Golden Plains, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Out On The Weekend. Settle in for a mesmerizing performance by one America’s greatest voices of melancholic eloquence in an evening with Justin Townes Earle at Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


7:30pm – 8:10pm: Joshua Hedley
8:10pm – 8:40pm: Interval
8:40pm – 10:30pm: Justin Townes Earle



Earle has moved between evocative portraits of place set in knotty emotional frames, prickly confessions of destructive patterns, and melancholic eloquence in the wake of short-lived love affairs.

There’s no one else now as brutally honest in their songwriting as Justin Townes Earle.


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