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Win a Limited Edition Gold Vinyl of Justin Townes Earle's 'Kids in the Street'

For his eighth studio album, Kids in the Street, Justin Townes Earle headed to Omaha, Nebraska, to record with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) at his ARC Studios. The disc is a delicious romp of blues and rock-infused singer-songwriter tunes, driven by Earle's powerfully driven guitar work and inimitable vocals. 

According to a press release: 

Now embracing sobriety, marriage, and impending fatherhood, Earle is enthusiastically looking to the future. “Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years,” he reflects. “I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I’ve written since I’ve been married. There’s definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I’m feeling pretty positive.” He continues, “When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record’s more about looking outward on what’s happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it’s got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I’ve done before.”

We're so fond of the album, in fact, that we've teamed up with our friends at New West Records to give away a signed, limited edition gold vinyl version of the album to one lucky No Depression community member. 

To enter, just comment on this post telling us your favorite Justin Townes Earle song and why you love it so much. Comments posted on social media don't count. Anyone can enter but the prize can only be shipped to a US address.

You have from now until Thursday, June 8, at 9 p.m. Eastern time to enter. The winner will be notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

My favorite is "Mama's Eyes" having known his father and Aunt Stacey (who I think he gets more of his performance enthusiasm from) and even having met his grandfather John Henry. The dynamic he has with his father is appears well illustrated in the honest writing. It also showed promise that one more strong songwriter would be coming from the Earles.

I love the entire "Harlem River Blues" album, but my favorite JTE song actually is his cover of The Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait." It is my all-time favorite Replacements song — and I'm a big fan of the Mats — but his version does everything a cover should: Reverence for the original while transforming the song into something, in that moment, that is his and his alone.

"Lone Pine Hill" All the way. It's pretty much everything I love about a song, sad, mournful, but with a rocking drive and vibe. 

My favorite changes from season to season, but at the moment it is "Rogers Park." I have moved around a lot in my life and I think that that song really captures that inbetween moment when you don't yet feel comfortable in your new home and are homesick for the last one. This song just really brings me right back to that moment every time and makes me so grateful for all the homes I have managed to carve out for myself.

"One More Night in Brooklyn"

It was May 2014. My wife and I were flying to NY City for a long weekend to see our daughter graduate from grad school. I literally hadn't been to NY since I was 5 years old and visited the 1964 World's Fair. But I had strong connections; my grandfather designed shoes in the Empire State Building, and my Dad was born in Brooklyn. Two of JTE's albums were the soundtrack for my weekend: Harlem River Blues and Nothing's Gonna Change... As we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge and saw the big city, this song was stuck in my ear. I can never claim to be a New Yorker, but for a few days, with this music, I felt like one.

hard to choose but both are from "Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now" record. "Am I That Lonely Tonight" and "Down On The Lower East Side" both provide that sort of sad lonlieness that a big city can provide and for some reason that is comforting.