The Moment

Justin Townes Earle on Loneliness, Songwriting, and Change

The renowned singer-songwriter talks about growing up as the son of Steve Earle and setting out to create a sound that’s uniquely his.

Justin Townes Earle.
Justin Townes Earle.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Justin Townes Earle, the distinguished singer-songwriter best known for records such as Midnight at the Movies and Harlem River Blues. Justin, the son of the legendary songwriter Steve Earle, talks about growing up without his father and developing professionally in his wake. Also, he reflects on his destructive youth, shares stories from the road, and talks about learning how to read and write as a dyslexic and why, after all his struggles, he still believes you don’t need to be miserable to write a great song.


Justin’s two latest albums are Single Mothers and Absent Fathers. For a full catalog of his music click here.


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This episode of The Moment is brought to you by Showtime’s new series Billions. Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in this bold, original drama as two of New York’s most powerful titans locked in an epic battle of egos. And there is no line both men won’t cross to win. Billions premieres Jan. 17 at 10 p.m.—only on Showtime.

Twitter: @BrianKoppelman

Podcast production by Jayson De Leon.