Set your radios and DVRs for this weekend. Saturday, Justin Townes Earle will appear on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Sunday, Justin appears – and performs – on HBO’s Treme. Then, in mid-May, Justin is heading into the studio to make the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2009 record Midnight at the Movies.
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, long a public radio favorite, broadcasts live this weekend from NYC’s Town Hall. Justin appears along with Broadway actress Kate Beahen and folk singer Heather Masse. Check local listings for airtimes (http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/stations/)
As for Treme, we can’t say a ton, but here’s what we can tell you: Justin appears on the episode with his dad, Steve Earle. There’s acting. There’s performing. And it all starts Sunday night at 10pm EST/9pm CST on HBO.
Treme is the latest effort from David Simon and Eric Overmyer, collaborators on TV shows like The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Treme looks at ordinary people as they try to rebuild their lives, homes, and culture in the aftermath of the hurricane. The series has boasted quite a few amazing musical guests, including Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, and the Rebirth Brass Band.
In other exciting news, GQ.com will debut new streaming music series with a performance by Justin Townes Earle. Log on to GQ.com at 5pm eastern time on Wednesday, May 5th to see JTE live from the 11th St. Bar in New York City.
Hot off a run with Wilco in New Zealand, Justin’s teaming up with The Swell Season, Kris Kristofferson, and Levon Helm (not all at the same time) to bring the musical heat this spring and summer.
Speaking of John Prine, Justin contributed a track, “Far From Me,” to Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, an album celebrating the master’s catalog, out in late June.
Spring/Summer tour dates below, and don’t forget: A Prairie Home Companion, airing in most cities Saturday night (check local NPR listings). Treme, HBO, This Sunday night at 10pm EST.
Saturday, May 1 – Prairie Home Companion at Town Hall – New York, NY
Friday, May 14 – Sky City – Augusta, GA
Saturday, May 15 – Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival – Thomson, GA (with Little Feat)
Tuesday, May 18 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN (with The Swell Season)
Wednesday, May 26 – Alys Robinson Stephene PAC – Birmingham, AL (with The Swell Season)
Friday, May 28 – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA (with The Swell Season)
Friday, June 4 – Unitarian Church of Montclair – Montclair, NJ
Sunday June 6 – Mountain Jam Festival – Hunter, NY (with Levon Helm, The Avett Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, and more)
Thursday, June 10 – Capitol Theatre – York, PA
Friday, June 11 – Three Rivers Arts Festival – Pittsburgh, PA (with Kris Kristofferson)
Saturday, June 12 – Emelin Theatre – Mamaronek, NY
Sunday, June 13 – Sellersville Theater 1894 – Sellersville, PA
Friday, July 2 – Taste of Minnesota Festival – St. Paul, MN
Monday, July 5 – Crossroads – Kansas City, MO (with Levon Helm)
Saturday, July 10 – Salty Jam – Saint John, NB
Friday, July 30 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
Saturday July 31 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI (with John Prine, Levon Helm, The Avett Brothers, The Felice Brothers, Corey Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Dawes, Doc Watson, The Swell Season and more)
Sunday, August 22 – Hoxeyville Music Festival – Wellston, MI
Saturday, August 28 – Strand Theatre – Lakewood, NJ
Saturday, September 25 – Watermelon Park Festival – Berryville, VA (with The Punch Brothers and more)