Justin Townes Earle performs at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio on April 27, 2013. Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun
Justin Townes Earle performed to a modest but appreciative crowd in the in the Palomino Tent early Saturday afternoon. Wearing a straw hat and light pin-striped suit, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter resembled a “Basement Tapes”-era Bob Dylan more than his famous father, alt-country legend Steve Earle.
But the Tennessee native paid tribute to his dad with ”My Father’s Son,” which mentioned his struggles with drugs and alcohol. The heartfelt ballad closes with redemption, though, in that he learns to see “right and wrong” with his mother’s eyes.
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Early in Justin Townes Earle’s set, the southern crooner dedicated a song to his mom singing “Mama’s Eyes.”
Earle is son of alt country singer Steve Earle, who, it is said, left Justin’s mom when he was 2 years old. “Mama’s Eyes” seems to be a tribute to his upbringing and ultimately of course his mom.
“Rolling Stone” Magazine has been quotes saying that Justin has grown into a musician to rival his father.