The planned tribute concert to the late Justin Townes Earle, who died in 2020 at the age of 38, has been put back at the last minute until 2023. The show in honour of Steve Earle’s son had originally been due to take place last night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The celebrated venue announced in a statement that “out of an abundance of caution with the rising cases of Covid, we have decided to reschedule the Justin Townes Earle Celebration of Life Show. The new date will be January 4th, 2023 and will celebrate Justin’s life and music on what would have been his 41st birthday. All tickets will be honored for the new date, and refunds will be available through point of purchase for 90 days.”
The original date had been set for what would have been Earle’s 40th birthday. Artists confirmed for the concert include Amanda Shires, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Buddy Miller, former bandmate Dustin Welch, Elizabeth Cook, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joe Pug, Jon Langford, Lilly Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Mike Ness and Jonny Two Bags of Social Distortion, Old Crow Medicine Show, song-writing partner Scotty Melton, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Steve Earle & the Dukes, and Willy and Cody Braun.
The show will feature material from Earle’s back-catalogue to raise money for a trust set up in the name of his four-year-old daughter, Etta St. James Earle. All proceeds from Steve Earle’s tribute album J.T., released last year, are being donated to the same trust.