Justin Townes Earle Injures Hand, Cancels Newport Folk Festival Appearance


You know how they say any press is good press? With news like this, that statement could be up for major debate. It’s the kind of story a publicist hates to tell and a writer hates to write.

Justin Townes Earle has cancelled two tour dates, as well as his slot at this year’s Newport Folk Festival. Earle, who Guy Clark says plays like a hammer, reportedly sliced his hand, requiring 19 stiches. Now he’s sitting the next few dates out, which is sad news for both artist and listeners alike.

Well I guess there’s one upside. Maybe it’ll scar, and Justin, chicks dig scars.

Here’s throwing a little good press your way. Justin’s new album Harlem River Blues is set to be released September 14th. Go to iTunes now to buy the title track off the album: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/harlem-river-blues/id379139107

Earle’s Newport Folk Festival slot will go to the great Elvis Perkins in Dearland. NPR Music will be streaming most of the Festival; get the details here.