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Steve Earle: I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive

Steve Earle
I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive

April 26, 2011
New West Records

“As a songwriter, Steve Earle is blessed with two apparently contradictory gifts: the ability to animate fictional lives, and a streak of cussed, lefty sincerity that gives bite to his truth-telling.” – The Independent UK

Writing for I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive began three years ago, the longest span of any  song cycle in Steve Earle’s career.  The first two compositions were “God Is God” and “I Am A Wanderer,” two songs written by Earle for Joan Baez’ 2008 album, Day After Tomorrow (which Earle also produced).  The album also includes the celebrated song “This City,” written for the HBO  Original Series, Treme, which Earle also appeared in as an actor.  This year, Earle will be  reprising his role of Harley during many episodes of Treme’s second season.  “This City” features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has garnered a Grammy Award Nomination in the  Best   Song  Written  for  Motion  Picture,  Television  or  Other  Visual  Media Category.  Additionally, the song also garnered Earle’s first Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and  Lyrics Category. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive also features “Heaven or Hell,” a duet  with  Earle’s wife, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.

Steve Earle: Townes

Steve Earle

New West Records
May 12, 2009

“Every one of these 15 tunes is a living, breathing creature, from the haunting, modal-tinged blues-waltz (with cello) of ‘Rake’ to the jaunty fingerpicking and mouthy dialogue of ‘Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold’ (a duet featuring son Justin Townes Earle) to the eternally elegant Tex-Mex anthem ‘Pancho and Lefty.'”

“Earle believes this is one of his best albums; he’s not wrong.” – Q Magazine

Steve Earle’s new album Townes, is his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade. The 15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle’s friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt.The songs selected for Townes were the ones that meant the most to Earle and the ones he personally connected to. Some of the selections chosen were songs that Earle has played his entire career (“Pancho and Lefty,” “Lungs,” “White Freightliner Blues”). He learned the song “(Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria” directly from Van Zandt. Earle taught himself “Marie” and “Rake” specifically for making this record. Earle recorded the New York sessions solo and then added the other instruments later on in order to preserve the spirit of Van Zandt’s original solo performances to the best of his recollection. 

The track “Lungs,” was produced and mixed by the Dust Brothers’ John King and features Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman on electric guitar.

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