LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Roots-rocker Justin Townes Earle, fresh off an an ugly, allegedly drunken incident at one of his gigs has pulled the plug on the remainder of his tour dates and announced that he's headed for a rehab facility.
In a press release announcing the cancellation, Earle was reported to be "strongly committed to confronting his on-going struggle with addiction." He also expressed his gratitude to his family and friends for their continued support in these difficult times.
Earle made a splash earlier this week after allegedly appearing intoxicated while performing in Indianapolis and subsequently assaulting venue staff, including the venue owner's daughter as she tried to break up the fight. Earle is facing criminal charges over the incident.
Earle has subsequently said that the incident has been misreported in the press, but on advice from counsel he judiciously declined to comment in more detail on an ongoing criminal matter. He added that he opposes violence against women in any form (we guess violence against males might be ok?)
Earle said he looks forward to resuming the tour in support of his third album, "Harlem River Blues," (Bloodshot Records). The album enters this week at #47 on the Top 200 in overall Soundscan.
SUSPENDED TOUR DATES:
September 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
September 24 – Columbus, OH – The Rumba Café
September 25 – Berryville, VA – Watermelon Park Festival
September 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Autry Museum
October 1 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
October 2 – San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 4 – Humboldt, CA – The Depot at Humboldt State
October 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
October 7 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird
October 8 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr.
October 9 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
October 11 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
October 12 – Bloomington, IL – Six Strings
October 14 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
October 15 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
October 19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
October 20 – Boston, MA – Royale
October 21 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
October 22 – Philadelphia, PA – The First Unitarian Church
October 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
-CelebrityAccess Staff Writers