Justin Townes Earle needs your van for touring

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Tour horror stories come with a musician's territory. If you don't have them, you probably aren't trying hard enough. Newcomer Justin Townes Earle found this out last week when his van broke down in Columbus Saturday night.

Just two days before his sophomore album, Midnight at the Movies, hit stores, Traci Thomas, Earle's manager, sent out an SOS to fans on MySpace:

"Hey everybody!
Justin's van broke down in Columbus last night. The boys are heading back to NYC in a rental but they're going to need a new van or large SUV to tour in. Anyone out there own a car lot or have a van for sale? Any help would be greatly appreciated as you can see the boys have a lot of dates and need something dependable for them to tour in. If you know of anything please email me traci@thirtytigers.com.



Earle, who is already an economical touring musician, frequently only bringing band member Cory Younts on the road with him, still has the bulk of his tour remaining with 38 dates in question. And if you've ever seen one of those duo-only sets, you know you'd be missing one hell of an exciting, innovative performance, watching the son of Steve Earle and Younts tear through two-minute, old-school country gems, or sitting mesmerized as the tall, lanky singer/songwriter strums a quiet ballad. Thankfully, as of yet, no dates have been canceled.


3 - New York, N.Y. @ Mercury Lounge    
4 - Alexandria, Va. @ The Birchmere
5 - Whitesburg, Ky. @ Summit City
6 - Louisville, Ky. @ St. Francis of Assisi
7 - Knoxville, Tenn. @ Barley’s Taproom
8 - Chattanooga, Tenn. @ JJ’s Bohemia
10 - Decatur, Ga. @ Eddie’s Attic
11 - Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
12 - Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
13 - Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
14 - Springfield, Ill. @ Hoogland Center for the Arts
15 - Urbana, Ill. @ Rose Bowl Tavern
21 - Austin, Texas @ Bloodshot Records Showcase SXSW
22 - Houston, Texas @ Mucky Duck
23 - Mobile, Ala. @ Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
24 - Memphis, Tenn. @ The Hi-Tone
25 - Little Rock, Ark. @ Sticky Fingerz   
26 - Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Wormy Dog Saloon    
28 - Telluride, Colo. @ Sheridan Opera House   
30 - Flagstaff, Ariz. @ Green Room
31 - Tucson, Ariz. @ Club Congress

2 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Spaceland   
3 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent    
4 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Blue Lamp
5 - Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir   
6 - Seattle, Wash. @ Tractor Tavern    
8 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Heavy Metal Shop    
8 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The State Room
9 - Aspen, Colo. @ Belly Up    
10 - Vail, Colo. @ The Sand Bar
11 - Denver, Colo. @ The Bluebird
12 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Knuckleheads
14 - Lincoln, Neb. @ Knickerbockers
15 - St. Paul, Minn. @ The Turf Club   
16 - Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon
17 - Chicago, Ill. @ Double Door
18 - Rock Island, Ill. @ Daytrotter Presents at Rock Island Rib Company
19 - Pittsboro, N.C. @ Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

Related links:
List of the Day: Five Criminally Slept On Albums from 2008
A/V: Justin Townes Earle - "The Good Life"
Justin Townes Earle on MySpace

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