After two politically steaming records, the singer took a relatively lighter approach on his latest, “Washington Square Serenade,” which won him another Grammy for best contemporary folk album last month.
As he described the record, “It’s largely love songs for Allison Moorer and New York City.” Earle and Moorer moved into an apartment in Greenwich Village soon after their wedding.
Just as politics filled his previous two albums, the romantic stuff worked its way onto this record, Earle said: “I can only make art about the things going on around me.” “I was at a point where I thought I was going to be single for the rest of my life,” he said.
“Part of the problem before was I always wanted to be in a relationship a little bit too badly. In this case, it wasn’t anything either of us was looking for.
Like all of Foster’s albums, this one contains a diverse selection of bluesy material with a folk-...