Personalities | Steve Earle | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists

(Vocals, songwriter, guitar, b. 1955)

Born in Virginia and raised in Texas, Earle’s first tracks in 1983 were ignored. A change of label saw Guitar Town (1986) being hailed as pivotal in the new-traditionalist movement, spawning Top 10 singles in the title track and ‘Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left’. His songs ‘My Old Friend The Blues’, ‘Someday’ and his third album Copperhead Road looked set to be the sum total of his legacy, until he returned from prison after recovering from substantial drug abuse. Using seasoned musicians Norman Blake, Roy Huskey and Peter Rowan, he recorded Train A Comin’ (1995), which lacked the self-indulgence that had blighted his career, and subsequent albums like El Corazon (1997) and Transcendental Blues (2000) indicate that his demons have been banished.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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