Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins
Following the release of his critically acclaimed fourth release Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, Justin Townes Earle has switched hats and produced Wanda Jackson’s forthcoming album Unfinished Business, which will be released on October 9 via Sugar Hill Records. This is Jackson’s 31st studio album and marks the debut of Earle in the producer’s role.
Of working with Earle, Jackson comments, “From day one I really liked Justin’s idea to take me back to my roots and make a record of country, blues, and rockabilly songs. The band was extra tight and great to work with during the whole process. The record just sounds terrific and I’m hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Rolling Stone is currently premiering an exclusive, inside-look video of the making of the album here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/wanda-jackson-in-the-studio-20120710
Unfinished Business was recorded in Earle’s home city of Nashville and features 10 songs, including takes on “California Stars” (Woody Guthrie/Jay Bennett/Jeff Tweedy), “It’s All Over Now” (Bobby and Shirley Jean Womack), and a duet between Jackson and Earle on “Am I Even A Memory” (Greg Garing).
Justin Townes Earle recently returned home following an international tour across Australia, Europe and the United States in support of Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, and has just announced fall dates across the US. His full tour can be found below, with newly added dates in bold.
7/14 Louisville, KY / Forecastle Festival
7/25 Jackson Hole, WY / JacksonHoleLive!
7/27 White Sulphur Springs, MT / Red Ants Pants Festival
7/29 Calgary, AB / Calgary Folk Festival
8/11 Bristol, VA / Gentlemen of the Road Stopover +
8/17 Lyons, CO / Rocky Mountain Folk Festival
8/18 Cockeysville, MD / Hot August Blues
8/19 Bethlehem, PA / Musikfest
11/01 Cincinnati, OH / Taft Theatre
11/02 Detroit, MI / The Majestic *
11/03 Pittsburgh, PA / Mr. Smalls
11/04 West Long Branch, NJ / Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University *
11/05 Burlington, VT / Higher Ground *
11/07 Portland, ME / Port City Music Hall *
11/08 Portsmouth, NH / Portsmouth Music Hall *
11/09 Norfolk, CT / Infinity Hall *
11/11 Westhampton, NY / Westhampton Performing Arts Center *
11/14 Blacksburg, VA / The Lyric Theatre *
11/16 Charlotte, NC / McGlohon Theatre *
+ with Mumford & Sons, Dawes, and Jeff the Brotherhood
*with support from Tift Merritt