TURF reviews: Justin Townes Earle at Fort York – July 5, 2013

Justin Townes Earle played TURF July 5 at Fort York Garrison Commons in Toronto. Photo: Tom Beedham

Justin Townes Earle played TURF July 5 at Fort York Garrison Commons in Toronto. Photo: Tom Beedham

Footnoting most of his songs with words of country wisdom (e.g. “Any good country song should be a good blues song,” and “If you can take care of your momma and you don’t, you’re a bastard. Unless she was terrible”), Justin Townes Earle brought his twangy Nashville Americana to a not particularly well attended day of TURF, but with many a crowd member singing along word for word, the singer-songwriter was at least  welcomed by a dedicated fan base.

JTE played tracks like “Mama’s Eyes,” namedropped Gregory Corso, and dedicated songs to the worst landlord (and the worst weed) he’s ever had.

Originally published by The Ontarion.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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