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Friday, October 14, 2011

Justin Townes Earle wins Song of the Year at 2011 Americana Music Awards

(photo: Erika Goldring)

Last night at the 2011 Americana Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, Justin Townes Earle won the award for Song of the Year for “Harlem River Blues” from the album of the same title. Released in late 2010, Harlem River Blues was also nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s honors ceremony. In addition to Thursday night’s win and nomination, Earle performed a rousing rendition of the song for the gathered crowd of peers and fans, a performance that can be heard HERE, courtesy of NPR. [Justin’s performance can be found at the 35:35 mark, and his Song of the Year category announcement at 1:01:43.]

An edited version of the award show will be aired November 19, 2011 as a special episode of the new season of the highly-acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits (check local listings for exact local day and time). "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011" will reach approximately 98% of American TV households via PBS stations nationwide.

Harlem River Blues has received critical and popular support since its release in September of 2010. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #47 and has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Mojo, and through the support of Justin’s appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, NPR’s World CafĂ© and Morning Edition, and Prairie Home Companion.

You can watch Justin Townes Earle perform the now-AMA decorated “Harlem River Blues” on The Late Show with David Letterman :

See more of Justin Townes Earle at his website:

Buy the album and song “Harlem River Blues” at iTunes / Amazon / Bloodshot Records

Upcoming tour dates:
10/15 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
10/21 – Knoxville, TN – Square Room (with Joshua Black Wilkins)
10/22 – Charlotte, NC – Whitewater Center (with Sam Bush)
11/13 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Calling Festival
12/2 – New York, NY – Zankel Hall
12/3 – New York, NY – Foothills Performing Arts Center (with Tristen)
12/4 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts (with Tristen)
12/5 – Lewiston, ME – Olin Arts Center/Bates College (with Tristen)
12/8 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street (with Tristen)
12/9 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki (with Tristen)12/10 – Boston, MA – Royale Nightclub (with Tristen)
12/29 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
3/22-25 – Live Oak, FL – Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3/31 – Cascade, IA – Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center

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