Justin Townes Earle went into the same business as his father. Steve Earle, the acclaimed singer and songwriter, passed on a lifetime's worth of advice about music and rebellion.

Justin says his father wasn't easy to rebel against.

"I could have become a Republican," he says. "That would've really pissed him off."

Instead, says his dad, Justin took up golf. Steve says Justin would hit golf balls in the front yard, just to irritate him.

But Justin says that no one in his family -- on either his mother's or his father's side -- discouraged him from playing music. He was in trouble a lot when he was young, but Steve Earle says he recognized his son's behavior.

"I knew what this looked like," he says. "I couldn't do anything else." [NPR]

Check out sessions with Justin on Laundromatinee and Daytrotter.

Justin Townes Earle's next NYC gig is at Beacon Theatre on May 15th. He's opening for John Prine. But you can also catch him tonight (5/1) at Maxwell's in Hoboken. All dates below...

Justin Townes Earle - 2009 Tour Dates
May 1 - Maxwells Hoboken, New Jersey
May 6 - Granada Theater Dallas, Texas
May 7 - Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
May 8 - Texas Hall of Fame Bryan, Texas
May 9 - Stubb's Austin, Texas
May 13 - Johnny D's Somerville, Massachusetts
May 15 - The Beacon Theatre New York, New York
May 17 - Silver Platters Seattle, Washington
May 17 - Northshore Performing Arts Center Bothell, Washington
May 18 - The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, Washington
May 19 - Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
May 21 - Crystal Bay Casino Reno, Nevada
May 22 - The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, California
May 23 - Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara, California
May 24 - McCabe's Guitar Shop Santa Monica, California
Jun 4 - Kent Stage Kent, Ohio
Jun 5 - Radio Radio Indianapolis, Indiana
Jun 6 - Goose on the Lake Festival Allegre, Kentucky
Jun 7 - Metronome Festival Chicago, Illinois
Jun 11 - The Belcourt Nashville, Tennessee
Jun 12 - Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 14 - The Ark Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jun 16 - Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 17 - Fitzgerald Theater St Paul, Minnesota
Jun 18 - The Fargo Theater Fargo, North Dakota
Jul 18 - Green River Festival Greenfield, Massachusetts
Jul 29 - Strathmore's Gudelsky Gazebo North Bethesda, Maryland
Aug 22 - The WMSE Backyard BBQ Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 23 - Oneida Casino Oneida, Wisconsin
Aug 24 - Oneida Casino Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 25 - Oneida Casino Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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