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Steve Earle

Steve Earle Ted Barron

For over three decades, Steve Earle has helped define modern country music.

At the dawn of his career, Earle helped bring about the term “new country,” and has been relentlessly touring and recording ever since. His career began in meager fashion. Earning a living as a songwriter, his songs were recorded by some of the big names of the 70s, including Carl Perkins and Vince Gill. Earle would have to wait until 1986 before his own album saw the light of day, but it proved to be worth the wait. Guitar Town shot to the top of the country charts and was certified gold, ultimately being nominated for two Grammys.

Despite battling addiction in the 90s during what is famously known as his “vacation in the ghetto,” Earle cleaned up and started writing again, opening a fresh new chapter to his life. Since then, Earle has utilized more diverse styles of music, including bluegrass and hard rock. After his Grammy winning 2009 release "Townes," which featured Tom Morello, Earle's wife Allison Moore and his son Justin Townes Earle, he turned to his latest effort "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." Released this past April, the album was featured as a First Listen and gave thousands an early glance at an album packed with years of wisdom and honesty.

Hear Steve Earle play live, including tracks from his newest album, 'I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive'


Recent Release: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Label: New West Records
Band Origin: New York

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