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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the singer-songwriter features one original written by Steve Earle and 10 songs written by his late son, Justin Townes Earle, who passed away in August 2020.
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  1. Jan 4, 2021
    90
    By not only fearlessly facing grief, but also honouring Justin's sly humor, raw vulnerability and nimble songwriting, Steve Earle fittingly sees his young Cowboy off into the sunset.
  2. Jan 4, 2021
    90
    Devastating, but utterly beautiful.
  3. 90
    The heartbreak is palatable and one can’t help but be moved by both the confession and the candor. Indeed, the poignancy is not without purpose.
  4. 80
    Justin used a sparer musical palette than Earle Sr, often with a rockabilly feel – the celebrated Harlem River Blues, for example – but the Dukes, a tough, road-worn outfit, tend to iron out their variety. Earle’s vocals, growling and gravelled these days, deliver the songs straight, only occasionally letting a sense of loss intrude.
  5. Jan 27, 2021
    76
    JT plays like an album of first takes. It’s multifaceted in its messiness: a leather hide wrapped around a tender heart. That loose quality plays up the differences between father and son.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jan 7, 2021
    70
    The results is at once joyous, poignant and heartbreaking. [Feb 2021, p.86]
  7. Rolling Stone
    Feb 4, 2021
    70
    The mood is more celebratory than maudlin, but the father in also floors you with his grief. [Feb 2021, p.73]

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  1. Jan 11, 2021
    7
    Does justice to his late son’s considerable musical legacy. A gruelling experience for J.T. fans to listen to; must have been traumatic forDoes justice to his late son’s considerable musical legacy. A gruelling experience for J.T. fans to listen to; must have been traumatic for Dad to record. Expand