WANT TO GO?
With Justin Townes Earle, John Gorka, Welsey Stace, Nellie McKay and Elizabeth and the Catapult
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance $15, at the door $25
INFO: 800-594-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Justin Townes Earle, who performs on Sunday's "Mountain Stage," was in a mixed mood when he called from Nashville.
On the brighter side of things, the 32-year-old Americana Music Award winner, songwriter and record producer recently married. "We met through mutual friends we've both known for a long time. They thought we should meet."
He gushed, "We fell in love, and it's the craziest thing I've ever felt or that has ever happened to me.
"I'm extremely pleased with myself. I've got an amazing wife."
Earle said over the past few weeks, they've been settling up her affairs in Park City, Utah. She does something called gyrotonics and gyronesis.
"It's a super advanced form of yoga and pilates," he said.
Outside of newlywed bliss, however, Earle sounded bitter -- particularly about his music career. Last year, the singer/songwriter said, should have gone down in the books as his best year yet, but it didn't.
"So I ended this year, the best year of my career, with no money," he said.
His story is an old one in the music business: people he'd trusted took advantage of him. Earle just didn't see it coming.