Justin Townes Earle: This Day And Age

Photos by Joshua Black Wilkins It’s La Croix kind of day in Nashville, and the flavored sparkling water is flowing at the Sound Emporium, the legendary studio founded by Cowboy Jack Clement in the late 1960s. Well, La Croix and marijuana, to be fair: and one works better than the other to quench this searing, sticky August heat. Justin Townes Earle is here with his band and co-producer, Adam Bednarik, to partake in both while making his new album, The Saint Of Lost Causes. But, right now, they’re sitting in the living room area next to a vintage Capt. Fantastic pinball machine, talking about the origins of a weed grinder. Wasn’t it from the place across the street from the strip club that’s now a parking lot, someone asks? “Yeah, the Classic Cat,” Earle says in his rasped-up drawl, sitting on the couch in a neatly tailored denim shirt with his long thin legs stacked on one another like a grasshopper. “It was one of Nashville’s oldest strip clubs. Back in those days, the only thing that was downtown was the Southern Baptist Convention. And right in the seat of the Southern Baptist Convention was just a string of whorehouses…

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