justintownesearleSuperb sophomore album from Nashville based singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle: Midnight At The Movies has a definite traditionalist sound about it, but it’s by no means a nostalgic trip. The twelve tracks hark back to pre-1960’s country and folk in particular, though his background as a member of a bluegrass/ragtime band shows through on a couple of songs, too (particularly on tracks like “Black Eyed Suzy” and “Walk Out”). Townes has a nice way of marrying the traditionalist elements of his music with a very contemporary lyrical sensibility so that the songs on Midnight At The Movies have a compelling and utterly pleasing immediacy and vitality. His excellent cover of the Replacements song, “Can’t Hardly Wait,” is a great example of melding the traditionalist with the contemporary. And though he’s just in his mid-twenties, most listeners are likely to think they’re listening to an old hand. If you’re a country or American roots music fan, or just a fan of plain good music, then you should definitely check out Justin Townes Earle. Standout cuts: “Midnight At The Movies,” “Mama’s Eyes,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Halfway To Jackson.”