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Exclusive Download: Justin Townes Earle, 'Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now'

Get the title track off the singer-songwriter's upcoming album

January 10, 2012 12:00 PM ET
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Joshua Black Wilkins

Click to listen to Justin Townes Earle's 'Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now'

Country singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle will release Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, the full-length follow-up to 2010's Harlem River Blues, on March 27th. His lead single, the title track, is gentle and guitar-driven and goes in a different musical direction than his previous work. "I think that it's the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I've gone in a Memphis-soul direction," Earle says.

Justin Townes Earle's Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now will be released on March 27th, but you can download the title track for free here.

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