Ahead of his coming album Kids in the Street, Nashville native Justin Townes Earle released his fourth single, “Maybe a Moment,” accompanied with a new video. It comes as half of a two-song release, which also has a cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”
“Maybe a Minute” is the story of one of those nothing-to-do small town days in your teens. Why not drive to Memphis to simply “get out of town,” Earle sings. He understands a place in which a man “sells anything to anyone / But I don’t understand what time he closes up.” When everything feels so significant and vital, the rocking Americana track captures the impulsiveness of being young. It is Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” ten years earlier, before that insistence gets dark.
Kids in the Street, the follow-up to Earle’s 2015 Absent Fathers, comes out May 26th and was recorded with Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis in Omaha, Nebraska. Before starting a national tour, Justin Townes Earle plays the Stagecoach Festival this weekend in California.