Justin Townes Earle Quotes.
It’s nice coming to Nashville, and we have four-bedroom house and a dog, and we go swimming a lot. We get down here and spread out a lot, and I miss my sweet tea and my cornbread and my good southern cooking – but I’m down here eating pretty for two weeks and I’m ready to go back to New York City.
I didn’t do anything differently than what my father was doing. It’s a really hard family to rebel in. I could have become an accountant. Or I could have become a Republican.
I discovered the same thing Gram Parsons did, that soul music and country music are practically identical. Based off of the same chord structures, and the songs are of heartache and loss. The main connection is they both came up in church.
I think that it’s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more.
Nashville’s like any other hometown – after a while, it’s stifling.
I don’t think I have any right to say I belong to that [Woody Guthrie/Bob Dylan tradition]. I think that’s something that eventually maybe you get inducted into. I’m just experimenting.
I heard Nirvana, and discovered that songs could be like poetry, but a little bit more refined: you didn’t have to have 20 verses to get your point across.
I love Motown, but I’ve obviously always been more of a Memphis soul fan. If it’s Stax or Motown, I go Stax.
I didn’t get into music to become a blues musician, or a country musician. I’m a singer-songwriter. In my book that means I get to do whatever I want.
I always watched movies and rooted for the bad guys, you know? I’ve always been that kind of guy. I still hold some respect for criminals that are good at their jobs.
On the road, I weigh 168. At home, ten more.
All my records have been written to be records, rather than writing a group of songs and seeing if they fit together.
You have to live what you write, or you have to know it. There are exceptions, like story songs, where you just have to have your facts straight. But I think you don’t have to live a hard life to be a good or interesting songwriter.
There’s no such thing as a teenager that listens to a single word their father says.
There’s a certain urgency that comes from the records of the early 60s before overdubbing and multitracking came into play.
I got a feeling that when I have kids, I’m going to have a little girl, and she’s going to be completely sensible.
I didn’t get into music to become a blues musician, or a country musician. I’m a singer-songwrit er. In my book that means I get to do whatever I want.
New York has always had a love for Southern artists. There’s no place else that makes me feel like the city does. I just love the immediate nature of the city, you can get whatever you want whenever you want it and do whatever you want whenever you want to.