Justin Townes Earle has no shortage of local fans. The lucky ones were able to score tickets to his recent two-night stint at Callaghan’s. Since embarking on his solo career, Earle has been a habitual visitor to Callaghan’s, and the citizens of the Azalea City relish the chance to catch the Americana superstar within its small confines.
Caleb Caudle was Earle’s opening act. He quickly won over the crowd with his lighthearted banter between songs and a batch of songs that highlighted both his excellent vocals and honest lyrics. After his set, several members of the crowd were not shy when it came to buying copies of his latest release “Paint Another Layer On My Heart.” Mobile can expect another visit from him soon.
For his performance, the newly married Earle brought along both his new wife and their dog. Both sat stage side and enjoyed the set along with the crowd. Earle’s infatuation with his new bride could be seen throughout his performance as he would randomly shift his focus from the audience to her during songs. In between his honest insights into both life and his music, Earle performed a few cuts off of his latest album “Single Mothers,” which the crowd warmly embraced.
Earle never disappoints his seasoned fans, and Callaghan’s echoed with familiar sounds such as “Midnight at the Movies” and “John Henry,” which is always a favorite with the locals. Many left the show wondering if this would be the last time Earle performed at the neighborhood pub. The love and admiration that the audience delivered was undeniable.
Mr. Meaner releases new EP
Eastern Shore rockers Mr. Meaner is at it again. The quartet first pummeled locals with their debut “Drinking Again.” Now, the group is getting to release a follow-up EP, “Bleed,” in a digital format.
The album’s title track lures in listeners with an introduction consisting of intricate bass runs before dropping them into a downward spiral of heavy riffs. Vocalist Jason Caldwell explodes into existence and rolls effortlessly through the measures.
Mr. Meaner also mingles in a variety of rhythm changes that keeps their audience constantly wondering what will happen next. Bassist Chris Hodge is definitely a stand-out throughout the tracks of “Bleed,” displaying a great passion for his instrument. While most bassists follow in the guitar’s shadow, Hodge has no problem getting in the limelight. Mr. Meaner’s new release is available exclusively through their website.