Concert preview: Justin Townes Earle

Joel Oliphint
Justin Townes Earle

If you're the son of Steve Earle, and you're also named after Townes Van Zandt, you've got some big songwriting shoes to fill. Fortunately, since 2008, Justin Townes Earle has regularly released good and sometimes great albums of mostly low-key but rarely boring Americana (my personal fave is 2010'sHarlem River Blues). His previous two records,Single Mothers, from 2014, andAbsent Fathers, released a year later, continue Earle's reliable streak of crafting un-trendy, emotionally dense story songs.(Safe bet)

Skully's Music-Diner

6:30 p.m. Thursday,

July 28

1151 N. High St.,

Short North