Linking to Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Harlem River Blues’ is Earle’s collaborator, friend, and roommate, singer-songwriter Scotty Melton and his song ‘Me and the Devil.’ The two met in the ’90s in the men’s toilets at the club Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee. The two laughed at scrawled graffiti on the wall about Earle’s father, Steve Earle. I bet the comments on the ladies’ room walls were even better!
The eastern Tennessee native tours regularly like a modern troubadour and is frequently seen on the club circuit throughout the U.S. There are few official clips of Melton on YouTube, so further exploration on his ReverbNation and Facebook pages is well worth it.