The new songs reflect some changes in Earle's life. Since his last album, 2014's double shot of Single Mothers and Absent Fathers, Earle has gotten married and is about to become a father. Kids In the Street shows his growth as a songwriter. Instead of looking into himself, the songs look out into the world around him. Plus, he's letting his blues and soul influences out in these songs. It's not a huge change in sound. Kids In the Street fits right in with Earle's discography of country/folk releases, but it's just enough of a change to keep his sound interesting.
You can get your copy of Kids In the Street Singles Pack + PledgeMusic Acoustic Sessions (not exactly a catchy title, but accurate) for free at NoiseTrade. Kids In the Streets will be released on May 26 via New West. The album can be pre-ordered via PledgeMusic. For more on Justin Townes Earle, check out his website.