Eighteen: it is designated to function as the age when we cross over into adulthood, but anyone who is ever stumbled nicely into their twenties knows that, when it comes to growing up, there is a much longer journey than just passing milestones to follow. Maturing, transforming, confronting your past – these are ideas that Justin Townes Earle juggles with on the Mike Mogis-created Kids in the Street, his forthcoming LP, and quite specifically on the track “15-25” premiering only on Rolling Stone Country.
“I wanted to kind of take that sound, and be very, very careful to represent that sound as best as I could, though I must do it with apologies to Professor Longhair. The content is pretty self-explanatory in the fact that it’s about the years between 15 and 25, and how life was kind of an endless string of disaster and reflecting on it now makes it a lot easier to see and document those times.”
Earle admits to a lot of youthful transgressions alongside an infectious shimmy of piano and electric organ that’s the perfect strain of musical rose colored glasses: somehow making ends meet, getting locked up, crashing wherever he could and getting high. “I understand I’m probably lucky that I survived,” sings Earle, now celebrating his future instead of mourning his past.
Kids on the Street is due to release May 26th.