When you're a son or daughter of someone famous, you're often expected to live up to a parent's achievements. For Justin Townes Earle, son of country maverick Steve (and named for folk icon Townes Van Zandt), that's not a big deal: Ever since his self-released EP in '07, the younger Earle has blazed his own (admirable) path. True, father and son's styles have some affinities, but Earle's latest album, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, is a further progression away. With overtones of both Memphis soul and blues, and nods to rockabilly, mariachi, and NYC jazz clubs, Earle's got his own bag, not his papa's.
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