Justin Townes Earle
Crossing the Boundary of 30
by Geoffrey Himes
“Won’t Be the Last Time,” one of the best tracks on Justin Townes Earle’s terrific new album, finds the song’s narrator pounding the pavement of a “Sunday mornin’ sidewalk” when he’d rather be snuggling in bed with the woman who just kicked him out. It’s warm under those blankets, he remembers, and it’s cold out on these streets where “I got my hands down in my pockets, ’cause I’m shakin’ like a leaf.”
As the song begins, he expresses bewilderment: “I’m not gonna claim to know what happened
maybe I said some things I shouldn’t.” But the singer never whines about his fate; how could he with the slow, dignified...