Nashville singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle dies, aged 38

Nashville singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle dies, aged 38

Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins
Words by Kate Streader

The news was announced in an official statement this morning.

Beloved Nashville singer-songwriter and son of Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, has died aged 38. The news was announced on his Facebook page this morning.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin,” reads the statement. “So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys.

“You will be missed dearly Justin.”

The cause of death was not revealed.

Earle has spoken candidly about his struggles with addiction in the past, through both his lyrics and interviews, admitting that he had overdosed five times by the time he was 21.

However, he got sober in the early-2010s, writing on his website, “One day I just realized it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30.”

Renowned for his distinct sound which blends contemporary folk and old school Americana, Earle’s 13-year-strong solo career saw him record eight LPs.

News of his passing has been met with an outpouring of tributes on Twitter from peers and fans who remember him as a kind man and talented musician.

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