Justin Townes Earle carries his legacy in his name. Nashville hardcore troubadour Steve Earle named his son for legendary Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt, saddling Justin with a weight of musical history that might sink a frailer talent. But after surviving five drug and alcohol overdoses before age 21, Earle has demonstrated that he's sturdy enough to shoulder more than just a couple of big names. He's sober, and his smoky twang narrates lyrics with stark honesty and simple grace on his 2009 release, Midnight at the Movies. He's opening for Levon Helm, formerly of the Band, who made a comeback in 2007 with Dirt Farmer; but Earle has been known to steal a show or two as an opening act.