Harlem River Blues

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  • Summary: The third album for the son of Steve Earle was produced with Skylar Wilson.
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  • Record Label: Bloodshot
  • Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Rockabilly, Americana, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
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Harlem River Blues
Lord, I'm goin' uptown to the Harlem River to drown Dirty water gonna cover me over and I'm not gonna make a sound I'm on a roll, mama, I gotta go,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Harlem River Blues is Justin Townes Earle's crowning moment. It's relaxed without being tiresome, vintage without being gimmicky. Most importantly, it's great. The songs are great, the lyrics are great and there's not a weak song on it.
  2. Earle brings the realization that we all live in the same interconnected world and share matching roots as Americans no matter where we are from. That he does this so eloquently and with such zest; well, that's just like putting red eye gravy on a New York strip steak-mighty tasty!
  3. Given Earle's often morose and sardonic bent as a lyricist, the shift toward blues suits him well, making for his strongest album to date.
  4. Harlem River Blues is utterly balanced, skillfully crafted, and exquisitely written and produced. Earle proves that he is a force to be reckoned with; in these grooves he embodies the history, mystery, and promise of American roots music.
  5. Q Magazine
    Dec 20, 2010
    Steve's boy finally finds his voice on this third record. [Dec 29010, p.104]
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot Records) ranks alongside the best American roots music being made at the moment and his concerts should not be missed.
  7. For all its strengths, Harlem River Blues never comes together thematically. Like his characters, Earle never seems to know where he wants to be.

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