Justin Townes Earle arrested in Indianapolis

We’re big fans of Justin Townes Earle, but we’re bigger fans of our friends at Radio Radio. Having worked with Radio Radio for the last few years, the venue has become one of my two favorite venues in the city and favorite spots to host MOKB Presents shows at. The crew there is top-notch. I’ve also worked with Justin Townes Earle. It was a great experience as well. That is why Earle’s recent blow-up at Radio Radio, here in Indianapolis is so sad.

It is no secret that Justin Townes Earle has battled addiction for years, and Thursday in Indianapolis it became blatantly evident that his struggles continue. Thursday night at Radio Radio, Earle insulted (and assaulted) the venue owners and staff, the sold-out audience, and local law enforcement.

JTE arrived from an in-store performance at LUNA Music Midtown, that the Laundromatinee.com crew filmed and recorded, and where Earle started his drinking. During the Radio Radio sound check, both Earle and opener Jessica Lea Mayfield complained about the sound in Radio Radio, an odd and uncommon occurance as the venue is one of the best-sounding rooms in Indianapolis.

While I wasn’t present for any of this, I have interviewed the staff and owners about the evening. I have not spoken to Justin Townes Earle. Saving Country Music also gives their account and research of what happened Thursday night. SCM writes…

The problems apparently started with banter between the crowd and Earle according to Sherry who was in the front row…

…someone yells out how sexy Josh (Hedley – the violin player) is. JTE and Brynn just laugh and JTE says, “I love it!” At one point another fan yells out “Freebird” and JTE, (humorously) says “Fuck Freebird, I fuckin hate Lynard Skynard!” Then someone yells “Take off your shirt” his response was “you fuckin take off your shirt!” He starts singing “Can’t Hardly Wait” and all of a sudden some dude throws his shirt on stage and It lands on JTE’s guitar. JTE throws it down, looks at the dude very irritated and pissed off and says “FUCK YOU!”

He very angrily finished the song……trying to keep his composure and dropping his capo between songs, they finished with (the song) “Walk Out.” They then “walk out” with no encore…

The night really got ugly when JTE returned to his dressing room, post-set, and started smashing things. Earle caused over $200 worth of property damage. When informed that it would come out of his pay, Earle flew into a rage, assaulting the venue owner and reportedly closed-fist punching the owner’s daughter.

After being physically removed from Radio Radio, JTE continued to raise hell until police arrived. He then resisted arrest and was pinned to the ground and handcuffed.

One fan stated, “I feel completely ripped off after spending my hard-earned money to see his show in Indianapolis last night. He was wasted and belligerent. After the show we encountered him on the street. He was bitching and ranting about the audience! The same audience that paid $15 each to see him!

The incident has of course also boiled over onto JTE’s Twitter, where both Earle and fans continue to bicker back and forth.

MOKB did contact Bloodshot Records, but the label says they will not be releasing a statement related to the incident.

MP3 : Justin Townes Earle – Hard Livin’

  • Peter

    September 20, 2010 [ 1:17 am ]

    Wow. I’ve been looking for details on this all weekend. Thanks for the thorough report! Can’t wait for the LaundroMatinee vid.

  • Nora

    September 20, 2010 [ 11:09 am ]

    Dang it – I was hoping JTE’s apple would have fallen a little farther from his dad’s tree in the addiction category.

    I’ve always had a great experience at Radio Radio and have been a Justin Earle fan and have been writing about him for years [http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/living-up-to-earle/Content?oid=1207391].

    I understand frustration on both parts – if someone interrupted my performance by throwing something on my instrument I’m sure I would have reacted badly too – honestly, how many people have an even enough temper to shake that off? That said, there is absolutely no reason to take it out on the venue or staff.

    I could go on a whole rant about how patrons and performers don’t respect the venue or staff….I’ll save that for another time!

    I hope this can get resolved – good luck to Justin and continued thanks to Tufty and co. for providing a fabulous (and smoke-free) venue!

  • Joe

    September 20, 2010 [ 11:13 am ]

    According to the booking report on the Indy Sheriff’s website, JTE’s Indianapolis court date is scheduled for 10/19 – the same day he plays in NYC.

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  • Greg

    September 20, 2010 [ 11:33 am ]

    Sounds to me from all posted accounts I have read that the audience had just as much to do with what went down as booze, belligerence, or bad audio. Too many variables here to lay the blame at one guy’s feet, and the whole “we paid our hard-earned money blah blah blah” excuse doesn’t give anyone the go-ahead to throw things at performers who are already in the red-zone with drinking and mouthiness. Why hold JTE to one standard of behavior, yet an audience member who can’t handle his liquor gets to throw crap at performers and everyone thinks it’s cool because “we paid our money”?? Get real, Indianapolis.

  • jamie

    September 20, 2010 [ 11:42 am ]

    I know quite a few people at national booking agencies, and they’ve literally banned any of their artists from playing Radio Radio in the past, saying they hate the venue, always have problems, etc. Just throwing that in there… JTE’s certainly not without blame.

  • P.J.

    September 20, 2010 [ 12:01 pm ]

    That is sad to hear. I am a big fan of JTE, but couldn’t make it to the concert at Radio Radio. This will definitely make me second guess seeing him live again. Damn.

  • Cara Jean Wahlers

    September 20, 2010 [ 12:20 pm ]

    That’s pretty disappointing.

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  • Dodge

    September 20, 2010 [ 1:18 pm ]

    @Jamie, there is only one booking agency that Radio Radio has a poor relationship with. That is stemming from an incident that happened over 10 years ago.

  • Randy

    September 20, 2010 [ 1:41 pm ]

    Hey Jamie!
    What the hell do national booking agents have to do with this story? JTE got wasted, put on a bad show, wrecked a dressing room, PUNCHED A GIRL and got himself busted while trying to punch a cop! Oh yeah, no one has mentioned the fact he was trying to score “blow” at a bar around the corner from the venue. Who is responsible for these things Jamie??? Did Radio Radio make him pull this crap? Here is the bottom line; he has a pattern of this behavior all over the country! JTE should be in rehab, not on the road.

  • Roscoe

    September 20, 2010 [ 2:13 pm ]

    His bail was $150 assault and battery on a woman And resisting arrest would have a larger bail than that and Randy he has a pattern of this behavior all over the country really where

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  • Randy

    September 20, 2010 [ 3:54 pm ]

    Charge Level
    BATTERY W/INJURY MA MA
    BATTERY W/INJURY MA MA
    RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT/MA MA
    PUBLIC INTOXICATION/MB MB

    Here is the list of charges Roscoe!! How do you know that bail wasn’t $150k?

    As far as his pattern of behavior goes; where have you been for the last five years? Do you read any blogs besides this one. Negative crap has been printed about him forever! Look up the reason why he was booted from his old man’s band.

  • Dodge

    September 20, 2010 [ 4:54 pm ]

    This came through on Facebook today as an addition to his irritation with the audience : “I was there, we were in the front row. The article pretty much nails it besides that he pulled out a flask and took a drink and an audience member said “Oooh, talk about the WRONG thing to do” and he was like “okay, i’m a GROWN ass man; a GROWN ASS man, I know what I’m doing, watch what you’re doing before you judge me” or something like that.. that was kind of what initially pissed him off before the freebird heckle.”

  • Chris

    September 20, 2010 [ 5:39 pm ]

    Who cares if he was trying to “score blow” you should like the music he makes the the chemicals he consumes. I have played with so many bands through the years that wanted drugs or more booze.

  • Chris

    September 20, 2010 [ 5:41 pm ]

    Not the chemicals

  • Stacy

    September 20, 2010 [ 6:22 pm ]

    Well, Chris, while I agree with your statement, JTE is a recovering addict. He nearly died around 5-6 years ago, and was proud of his sobriety. So, naturally, it’s concerning when you see behavior such as this. There’s nothing anyone can think but that he’s fallen off the wagon. Also, while it sounds like the crowd wasn’t the best, it’s no excuse to break personal property and physically hurt anyone, which is the main point everyone is trying to make. Personally, I love JTE and his music, and this just broke my heart to read. I really want to believe that some of the story (especially the rumor that he punched a woman in the face) isn’t true, but the arrest tells me different. I hope he pulls out of the spiral he’s in, because he’s worked his ass off to get to where he is and he’s a talented, talented dude.

  • johnny dowd

    September 20, 2010 [ 7:55 pm ]

    jte—count your blessing–some of us still have day jobs–jd

  • RenoDavid

    September 20, 2010 [ 9:01 pm ]

    Well, come on JTE, it was a shirt, not a beer bottle.

  • MrJM

    September 20, 2010 [ 10:16 pm ]

    Hold on everyone…

    Here’s what we *know* took place: Two of the performers complained about the quality of the sound in the house. The crowd was rowdy. The act was rowdy in response. The crowd threw shit at the performer. The performer told the guy who threw it “F’ck You” and finished the song. The musicians did the song “Walk Out” and then didn’t do an encore.

    BFD.

    If the worst things claimed about JTE’s actions in the dressing room are true, then he is a flaming a-hole. But it sure wouldn’t be the first time that someone lied about a behind-the-closed-doors conflict.

    He was then tossed from the venue and the coppers were called. And he was charged with public drunkenness, two counts of battery (non-consensual harmful or insulting contact, regardless of the injury caused) and resisting arrest (the traditional bonus charge).

    I’m not saying that JTE was properly — or even civilly — behaved. (And if he *actually* punched a woman, he’s a piece of sh’t.) But I caution everyone from assuming that the worst possible interpretation of the events in Indianapolis are correct.

    Deep breaths everybody.

    – MrJM

  • DWTNINDY23

    September 20, 2010 [ 10:51 pm ]

    I’ve seen JTE four times (including last Thursday). He was definitely drunk off his a$$, but the sound was off. I was in the middle of the floor and could barely hear his voice some times. I’m sure it was a combo of him being drunk and not able to project properly, but the sound wasn’t good. New sound guy maybe?

    In regards to the shirt throwing incident, our kind friends at Sun King brewery may know a thing or two about that (I watched the whole thing go down). The shirt-thrower did hit JTE’s guitar mid-song.

    Not making excuses and it’s definitely not good he’s drinking considering his past. Once an addict, always an addict, period.

    I’m assuming he won’t be back in Indy any time soon!

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  • Brad Holtz

    September 21, 2010 [ 9:00 am ]

    I was there, I saw everything, I was disappointed. Disappointed with Justin Townes Earle, not the crowd. After reading the nasty details of what happened after the show, I’m simply disgusted. Performers perform. If a shirt is thrown, you get over it and move on. Artists must behave on a different level than the crowd – after all, the crowd’s making the performance possible and as a performer, it’s your job to perform. This is NOT to excuse boorish behavior of audience members (if a member of the audience becomes out-of-line, it is the responsibility of the venue to remove that member), but again, having been there, this crowd was not out of line. Just out having a good time on a Thursday night. The problem stood on the stage. When a recovering addict decides to start drinking 8 hours before he goes on stage, you’re never gonna have a good outcome. It’s a shame too. I’ve heard remarkable things about this guy and decided to go see him for the first time. I never care to see him again.

    Brad Holtz

  • MrsChop

    September 21, 2010 [ 9:11 am ]

    I was at the show Thursday in Indianapolis in the first row. I was at Luna music and hung out with JTE before the show. He was doing just fine at Luna. Before the concert even started, there was a weird vibe at RadioRadio. The door man came and opened the door to let people in and then realized that JTE was still doing sound check. I was the second person in line at the door and I could hear him saying “No that’s not right, that doesn’t sound right, can you give me more vocal” etc before the show even started. As soon as the door man heard that, he made us wait and shut the door again, not letting anyone in. Once the doors were opened and the opening act Jessica started playing, she asked several times for the sound man to “turn up the vocal” and other requests to the sound guy. I went out back and heard JTE talking w Tufty abt how the last time they were there, they had a green room. I personally heard JTE ask Tufty if he thought they should have to change in the van, especially the girls. JTE was trying to eat his dinner sitting in the van while fans were trying to talk to him and get autographs. He was nothing but polite to all of the fans, asking them to please wait for him to finish eating, then he’d be available for autographs and such. By the time JTE went on stage, there was a definite air of hostility going both directions. There was a drunken asshole out back who started heckling the poor man, asking him if he really writes all his own songs or if his producer writes them for him. Even with that type of an ignorant question, JTE kept his composure and told the idiot “I write my own stuff, thank you”. Then he just shook his head and walked away. JTE played his set and was doing fine until another ass in the audience started yelling out “Freebird”. Even then JTE kept it together and told the guy “Fuck you, I’ll play what I want to play”. Someone laid a flask on the stage and he took a drink to which some people int he audience voiced their disapproval and he said “I’m a grown-ass man”. There was an idiot in the audience who yelled “Take off your pants” and then later “Take off your shirt”. JTE’s response was to say “Take off your shirt”. By the time that moron in the audience threw his tshirt at JTE, the man had had enough. Can’t say I blame him. What kind of an ass throws stuff at a brilliant man while he is doing his thing? I am embarassed, ashamed and shocked at the bizarre and inappropriate behavior of the audience and RadioRadio. That bar has always had such a great vibe and concerts have been great there. We will still support JTE but will NEVER NEVER return to RadioRadio. No matter what kind of vices the man has, no one deserves to be treated that way. I do not justify what he did after the show. However, no one knows the truth as to what happened afterwards. JTE has always been great to his fans, I personally have pictures of him with my husband and I at every one of his shows that we have been to. He gives of himself to his fans in a way that no other artist we have seen does. He is kind, warm and friendly to everyone. Whatever his addictions issues are, they are his and he was having an “off” night. Someday, I hope that Indianapolis is forgiven for this. I hope he will find it in his heart to one day bless us with his presence again. Until then, unless you were there in that dressing room with him, perhaps you should not judge or repeat what went on. I know what happened before the dreadful dressing room incident because I was there, I shook the man’s hand, talked with him and had my picture taken with him. He even discussed with me the dreadful sound he was getting during soundcheck. I do not judge anyone else because I do not walk in their shoes.

  • Randy

    September 21, 2010 [ 10:18 am ]

    MrsChop, I feel sorry for you.

  • Mike Bodayle

    September 21, 2010 [ 10:24 am ]

    This is really sad news and I pray the best for JTE. I saw him in Nashville last week and he was amazing as is his new CD. It is the best I have heard this year.

  • Daryl Dasher

    September 21, 2010 [ 11:00 am ]

    Sending JTE some positive vibes. I hate to hear this. One stone at a time Hoss.

  • That Dude

    September 21, 2010 [ 12:35 pm ]

    Just want to throw a few thoughts in.

    First, Earle was clearly in the wrong. There’s no excuse to trash the band room and certainly no excuse to punch a woman. But I find it particularly interesting how so many people’s immediate reaction is to point at Tufty, the owner of the venue.

    Radio Radio is a very nice venue; probably the best place to see a show in town, but Tufty has earned his negative reputation and perhaps it’s finally catching up with him. I can’t tell you how many shows I’ve been at where Tufty (who also runs sound, by the way — probably a mistake) has publicy gotten into disputes with the performer DURING the show. This almost always stems from sound adjustments. If Tufty is so sensitive about the sound levels, he needs to hire someone else to run the board. By the way, Tufty has a mic at the soundboard and communicates to the band through the stage monitors, so the crowd doesn’t have to hear their conversation, but during these disputes, he always opens it up to the house speakers, which is ridiculously infantile. My real point here is that these are unnecessary disputes and they often create serious tension during the shows (and sometimes border on completely ruining the show — Mark Kozelek, 2006, anyone?). As a paying customer, this fucking pisses me off. Some performers are babies, some bands are late, some artists are very particular: this is all part of the music business. If Tufty wants to run a club, he needs to stop being such an asshole.

    As someone already mentioned, and Dodge corrected, one booking agency refuses to send their artists to Radio Radio. Yes, it’s only one, but it’s BILLIONS (http://billions.com/about). Holy shit, practically every great band in the world is on Billions and none of them will play at Radio Radio because of Tufty. Thanks a lot.

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  • mark mothersbaugh

    September 21, 2010 [ 12:56 pm ]

    It’s fuckin’ Indiana. Don’t go back. Sorry state.

  • IndyMan

    September 21, 2010 [ 1:01 pm ]

    I never go to Radio Radio anymore because of things like this and none of this surprises me. You can’t treat Artists like this and expect to have a club they want to play at. Where were the bouncers protecting the band? Did they throw out the people messing with the band? Thanks dufus for throwing shit at the band ( i hate that and people that push on microphones ).

    FYI, it’s not part of being a Musician to just stand there and let people throw shit at you, FU if you think it is.

    Dress in the Van? O man, I would be pissed too.

  • IndyMan

    September 21, 2010 [ 1:15 pm ]

    How does Radio Radio (or MOKB?) treat the local bands? Oh yea, for the most part they don’t get to play there. “Sorry, this is for National Acts”. So why should we care?

    1. I agree with the Dude that there are problems with how the Sound is done.
    2. The Dressing Room is not well thought out
    3. Audience and Fans also should behave and Artists protected. Let them eat their dinner and don’t throw shit at them when they don’t have time to talk to your Lame Ass

    4. JTE has no right to break things or hit people if that is the case and will get his due. But you can see what led up to it.

  • Dodge

    September 21, 2010 [ 1:40 pm ]

    @IndyMan – just to be clear, MOKB puts locals on EVERY show we are ALLOWED to put local acts on. Booking agents and the packages they send us ALWAYS determine whether we can put a local act on the bill. It is NEVER a decision we make…if we can, we DO.

    I imagine if you poll every local act we’ve worked with, 99% would be pretty happy that they worked with MOKB or were asked to open an MOKB show. If you have a specific instance, I’d be happy to talk about it. MOKB’s working relationship with local acts is of the utmost importance to me.

  • Gretschboy

    September 21, 2010 [ 1:47 pm ]

    The audience member tossing his shirt onstage was funny, just a bad shot. JTE, get off the junk. After decades of losing friends and seeing lives changed by that loos of control over one’s life (my own included), it’s not worth it and it doesn’t affect talent or perception of the world – usually the opposite is true.

  • Randy

    September 21, 2010 [ 1:58 pm ]

    That Dude, You are a fucking idiot! None of that shit is true and you know it! I have seen 100 show at that club and Tufty has NEVER opened the mic on the crowd. “Every great band in the world is on Billions” are you fucking kidding me! Not only are you a liar, you are an uninformed liar! Billions is a booking agent, not a record label. A band can hire them or fire them at their leisure. You are a sour grapes motherfucker! I’m sorry Dodge let you waste space on his blog with your bullshit.

  • Dodge

    September 21, 2010 [ 2:11 pm ]
  • That Dude

    September 21, 2010 [ 2:14 pm ]

    I guarantee that people will back me up on Tufty opening up conversations to the house. Hell, I guarantee Dodge has seen it. He did so just as recently as the Phosphorscent show, criticizing the band for missing soundcheck. How would I know that he had done that if it had been limited to the monitors?

    I’m very well aware that Billions is a booking agent, and, while my quote about “every great band” was indeed hyperbole, Billions remains the biggest agency in independent music. It would stand to reason that it would attract the best bands, and it would also stand to reason that something very unfortunate did indeed occur at Radio Radio. Otherwise, why would a 10 year old beef still stand?

    The point is that Tufty has a short fuse and when he blows, it often impacts the Indianapolis music fansn, whether through tension-filled shows or through the simple denial of great artists playing in town. There’s not a lot of competition in Indianapolis for a room that size.

    If I am indeed a “sour grapes (n) motherfucker”, it’s because I’m tired of paying money for shows that are disrupted, or even impacted at all, by Tufty’s childishness. I have been to many shows in many different venues and I have never, never seen arguments occur from the stage to the soundboard anywhere else. Only at Radio Radio, and I’ve seen it happen multiple times.

  • Jay

    September 21, 2010 [ 2:18 pm ]

    I know JTE personally, and none of this surprises me. His usual behavior is spoiled and childish. There is a certain amount of tact that an audience should exhibit, however, suffice to say that the lack thereof gives no artist the right to resort to aggressive and destructive behavior upon that of another person or another person’s property. I’ve known JTE to act out and throw tantrums like this and every time he does, I just lose more respect for the guy. It’s about time he grows up and stops blaming his life on his father and starts acting like a man.

    @IndyMan: I know it sucks, but no matter how bad it is, it doesn’t give him the right to go around punching girls in the face. Any guy that does that is a loser.

  • IndyMan

    September 21, 2010 [ 2:26 pm ]

    Hey,

    Sorry, this is a side issue to JTE so I won’t keep posting on it.

    Sorry, don’t mean to infer that you don’t treat people well, but that very few bands here get to be part of these shows.

    Okay thanks for the clarification as I noticed how few locals were opening up for these National Acts.

    Thank You for keeping the locals in mind. I would like to see more IMO.

  • IndyMan

    September 21, 2010 [ 2:35 pm ]

    None of this excuses his reaction at all, and he is to blame for anything to do with breaking things or hitting people if that is the case.

  • Randy

    September 21, 2010 [ 3:01 pm ]

    That Dude, Why do you keep going back if you hate it so much? Open your own club and run it your way! Who is twisting your arm to go back?

  • Cardinologist

    September 21, 2010 [ 3:04 pm ]

    Greg said everything I was going to say! People aren’t taking up JTE’s back so I need to throw my support here to him! I also concur about the apple falling from the tree. I thought this apple had spent some years rolling away from it.

    I used to live in Indy and the “music scene” was so lame and tired. I live in a much more open, appreciative city now and when JTE rolled in early this year, all respect was given to the man and performers keeping an honorable music alive. All the songs off the new album were played then (6 months prior) and we gave our adulation. It was reciprocated.

    Indy, you lost your chance. The drunkards will get to stay behind and the diehards will have to travel to Chicago if they want JTE in the future!

  • Cardinologist

    September 21, 2010 [ 3:11 pm ]

    After reading some more posts, I’m smelling a publicity stunt on the part of Radio Radio…

  • Randy

    September 21, 2010 [ 3:38 pm ]

    Have you seen one fucking post from Radio Radio? Tufty and the entire staff have remained quiet since the ordeal. How in the fuck do you think they could benefit from this kind of publicity? If Indy is some damn lame, why did JTE come back for a 4th time??

  • Beastre

    September 21, 2010 [ 6:49 pm ]

    I think we are all overlooking the fact that this incident was set off by yet another audience request for a Lynrd Skynrd tune! Folks, when are we gonna learn?

  • mojohands

    September 21, 2010 [ 11:32 pm ]

    dodge and tufty pull off one another!!!!

  • mark

    September 22, 2010 [ 12:36 am ]

    Wait, the club owner really does, and was, doing SOUND for the bands? No way, that is like a farmer fucking his own cows to try and increase the herd, ridiculous AND perverted. COME ON.

  • PS

    September 22, 2010 [ 2:21 am ]

    This is all well-covered ground by now, but if the reports of what went on after the show were true then JTE is clearly in the wrong for that. However, I’m saddened to hear reports that JTE played a bad show, which in my opinion was not that case. He was obviously drunk and blew some of the audiences members some shit (sometimes jovially and sometimes less so) but I felt that he did a good job of NOT generalizing his displeasure toward the whole audience. It was pretty obvious to me (and probably to him) that some people were there to respectfully enjoy his show and that some were not, and as a member of the former group I never felt slighted by his performance or by any of his banter.

    The behavior of the audience at Radio Radio that night was truly bizarre, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like it in years of seeing bands in the Indy area. His actions after the show are their own can of worms, but I think that his actions during his performance are being twisted around after the fact to fit all the rumors people are hearing.

  • Randy

    September 22, 2010 [ 9:00 am ]

    Let me get this right Mark. The club owner, that has been a musician his entire life, has built and invested 100k into a sound system isn’t qualified to run it??? Why not???

  • Jimmy John

    September 22, 2010 [ 9:41 am ]

    sounds like he shouldnt be running sound if he gets all pissy when people are unhappy with the sound. not to mention that some bands likely dont know he’s the club owner and refuse to take shit from what they view as “just the sound guy”.

    randy, it’s pretty clear that you’re in bed with tufty here. not quite an unbiased perspective.

  • Randy

    September 22, 2010 [ 1:49 pm ]

    I’m in bed with no one Jimmy! I have spoken to Tufty a few times. Just like anyone that goes in there. I have seen tons of excellent shows at his club and don’t think he deserves all the shots being taken at him by idiots like you and Mark. What the fuck is wrong with Tufty running his own equipment? Have you ever rented a PA Jimmy? The guy that owns it, drives up, unloads it and runs it! “Just a sound guy” are the fuckers you have to worry about in clubs! Get off it man! You’re blowing hot air about the wrong guy here. JTE fucked up! End of story!

  • Randy

    September 22, 2010 [ 3:21 pm ]

    I just read a post on Saving Country Music that said JTE has cancelled the rest of his tour.

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  • Marshal

    September 23, 2010 [ 2:29 pm ]

    Has anybody actually talked to Justin? I talked to him the next night and his story was slightly different than everyone else’s here. He broke a mirror in the dressing room. That’s it. The promoter was being a dick (after JTE sold out the place 4 times…). Justin has concert insurance, so everything he does is covered. Justin told me the promoter’s cousin was a cop, so there wasn’t much of “Here’s my side of the story.” going on.

    Anyways…

  • Kim

    September 23, 2010 [ 3:21 pm ]

    Justin was loaded and telling you a bunch of bull to justify his behavior. No one at that club is related to any cops. I know the entire staff. I saw all the stuff he broke in the back parking lot trash container. There was a pile of furniture!

  • jm

    September 24, 2010 [ 9:13 am ]

    altho he could have had a bit more of a sense of humor about the shirt, I have to admit it’s pretty gross… probably didn’t have a shower in the dressing room either… understood.

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  • rbs

    October 20, 2010 [ 7:51 pm ]

    I was at the concert here in Indy. I agree with Greg and am surprised that Justin regained his composure very quickly after the t-shirt was thrown at his guitar. I have talked to Justin before (a little) and he is very polite and seems very kind. I cannot believe if he hit the daughter of the venue owner that it was purposely done. This had to be an accident. I thought he seemed amused about the comments regarding lynyrd skynrd. But when someone throws something at your guitar when you are trying to play this is tacky and disrectful. (What a hiljack!). I can be one of those “red neck girls sometimes” , but that is too much. I won’t be back to Radio Radio anymore. I do not understand why they did not run the t-shirt thrower out the door. He better be glad Justin didn’t come off the stage at him instead of the mirror or what ever else he distroyed. The venue I think did not treat him right.

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  • boots29

    December 4, 2011 [ 12:08 pm ]

    That’s bullshit. I’d be irate too. He’s a performer and doesn’t deserve to be treated like just a lil puppet. Fuck that shit.

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