Categories fall short when it comes to defining great music – who cares what it’s called when it’s excellent. Justin Townes Earle has cultivated a reverence for history and the highest standards of songcraft throughout his career, with a prizefighter’s ability to find harbours in rough waters. He wraps his own hardship and struggle into songs that speak to universal experience, and truly represents the next generation of the great American songwriter. Justin Townes Earle brings a new album, Absent Fathers, released in early 2015.