"I'm the son of a railroad man," Justin Townes Earle sings on "Working for the MTA." Clearly he's inhabiting a character; the young troubadour is fellow Americana singer Steve Earle's son.

"I'm the son of a railroad man," Justin Townes Earle sings on "Working for the MTA." Clearly he's inhabiting a character; the young troubadour is fellow Americana singer Steve Earle's son.

Earle the younger isn't just riding daddy's coattails, though. He's carved out his own niche - more personal, less political. And his Nashville-via-New York sound, particularly the world-weary ballads, makes the prospect of appearing on a romantic comedy soundtrack seem downright respectable.

Prodigious Kent singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield will open.