MONDAY PICK | Justin Townes Earle lets loose at the Varsity Theater


Country music’s tepid ballads about family loyalty can cloy, but the genre does fare better than most in creating multi-generation dynasties: the Carter-Cash family, the three Hanks, even Jeff and Spencer Tweedy. At 30, Justin Townes Earle has already struggled long and hard with the demons his dad Steve notoriously overcame: rehab, arrests, drama with his own kids and ex-lovers. Is this the sunny side for Justin Townes Earle? Yes or no, he’ll be at the Varsity on May 7 with all his dangerous charm. If you’re seeing him for the first time, it might scare you: he’s a man, and he knows how to do things.

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