Band: Justin Townes Earle
Date: Sept. 2-3 at 8 p.m. nightly
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $60, available at Callaghan’s
The Azalea City continues to watch singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle’s career flourish. Even though this guitar poet packs larger venues nationwide, he still manages to make his way back to the OGD for intimate performances at Callaghan’s. Those who have been fortunate enough to attend these special performances will testify Callaghan’s is the perfect environment in which to enjoy Earle’s music. For this two-night event, tickets are limited to 50 per performance.
The last time Earle came to town he was exposing local fans to his album “Single Mothers.” When he returns next month, he’ll be performing crowd favorites as well as tracks from his latest release, “Absent Fathers,” the companion piece to his previous album. Even though he released the albums separately, they were conceptualized as a double album. But Earle felt the messages were best delivered as individual statements.
“Absent Fathers” exposes Earle’s audience to the artist’s self-therapy through his art. His undeniable vocals and skillful guitar playing maintain a style that has made him alt. country’s most notable artist. In addition, his lyrical skills have only grown stronger, with bittersweet songs that verge on being therapeutic.