Justin Townes Earle

It seems like just yesterday that No Depression was still a magazine and alt-country was a nascent genre. Now No Depression is a website and a festival, and some of that once-nascent genre's forefathers have produced offspring old enough to enter the genre themselves. None has a more daunting pedigree than Justin Townes Earle. He's Steve Earle's son, was named for Townes Van Zandt, and his stepmother is Alison Moorer. Factor in that JTE—seemingly genetically incapable of resisting the self-destructive behavior that landed his dad in prison for a spell—has struggled to stay clean after epic bouts with various narcotica, and you've got the makings of a cliched career that should have ended before it started. But sheer talent has a funny way of overcoming seemingly formidable obstacles, and JTE's been blessed with chops to burn. He's simply one of the finest Americana artists in circulation today. With Dawn Landes. MIKE SEELY

Sat., Feb. 19, 8 p.m., 2011

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