Justin Townes Earle may be following in his illustrious father's footsteps in becoming a country troubadour, but a copyist he is not. Opening this record, 'Hard Living' rather harks back to an earlier simpler era in country music history. The same might be said of 'The Good Life' 'What Do You Do When You're Lonesome' and 'Ain't Glad I'm Leaving'. Country the way Hank done it. Elsewhere, on 'Who Am I To Say' 'Lone Pine Hill' and Turn Out My Lights' for example, JTE adopts a more modern, Americana approach: lonesome, melancholy, plaintive. More in the vein of Jeffrey Foucault. He may not yet be the finished article, with a truly distinctive vision yet to emerge, but with 'The Good Life' Earle has made a thoroughly enjoyable start.