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 whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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