Justin Townes Earle has moved from the front porch to the honky tonk. In his latest effort, June’s Harlem River Blues, the country/blues man traded his folky fiddles and banjos for swinging beats and gospel-style vocals. But this was no sudden switch. Earle’s fans can trace this evolution all the way to his first appearances on stage. “Wanderin’,” his Guthrie-style, self-proclaimed gospel tune, was a crowd favorite before finding it’s way on Blues. The rest of the album slows down or picks it up with definite dance-floor crashers like “Move Over Mama” and “Ain’t Waitin.” Regulars of Robert Ellis and the Boys will want to head back to Fitzgerald’s on Thursday for a little more boot scootin’ from a player who stays true to his namesakes – Steve Earle (his father) and Townes Van Zandt (his godfather).
Caitlin Rose starts it off at 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Drive