POLL: Steve Earle discography

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re-watched the wire over the last couple months and thought i needed to check out steve earle's music. just settled on transcandental blues, im halfway through and this sounds like a masterpiece what have i been missing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS0yWYkT8PU

It doesn't get any lonelier than this
And there's no place I can go
Just the dusty corners that the shadows know
Maybe this is as good as it's gonna get
And I'll always be this way
I'll just wander this world callin' out your name
It doesn't get any lonelier than this

:/

marcos smart (Spottie), Monday, 7 January 2019 23:09 (six months ago) link

Listen to Train a Comin and I Feel Alright. And Guitar Town. The first one has Goodbye on it, which may be his best song. The second two are his masterpieces imo.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 January 2019 23:33 (six months ago) link

I kinda poked around before settling on TB, the production on it stood out to me so it immediately grabbed me. I'll go back to I feel Alright next I think.

marcos smart (Spottie), Monday, 7 January 2019 23:36 (six months ago) link

Lonelier Than This is my go to moping song

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:28 (six months ago) link

i think i just listened to it like 12 times in a row and im in a good mood!

marcos smart (Spottie), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:33 (six months ago) link

really loving all of those albums thanks JiC. Still holding Transcendental Blues in the top spot tho.

Guitar Town maybe a little less at first but mostly due to production. then i noticed on spotify they have the 30th ann edition and it sounds much more full.

i def like those other albums more tho.

Going to listen to El Corazon next, and then Copperhead Road.

marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:19 (six months ago) link

Guitar Town has a lot of Tom Petty sound to it idk

marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:22 (six months ago) link

my frame of reference on stuff like this is limited, mind.

marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:23 (six months ago) link

El Corazon and Transcendental Blues are my two favorites (by a pretty good distance) but you really can't go wrong with any of his first 5 post-prison albums (Train -> TB, and including The Mountain). the dude got an incredible roll.

you can skip from Jerusalem on, however...

alpine static, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:31 (six months ago) link

got *on* an incredible roll.

alpine static, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:32 (six months ago) link

Transcendental Blues was my first Steve Earle iirc, Copperhead Road second favorite. Johnny Come Lately with the Pogues is so fun even if I can barely remember a time when I listened to it regularly. Time flies!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVaPwdgezWI

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:48 (six months ago) link

Train a Comin -- forgot about that one! Ben McCulloch is so good. I Feel Alright is great too!!
I was sitting here struggling to remember the name of the song Hardcore Troubadour. He has so many good songs!

this live from the '80s rendition of Devil's Right Hand!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS2LIHBRotE

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:55 (six months ago) link

Earle has cited Born in the USA as the main inspiration for Guitar Town, and it's interesting to listen to it through that lens.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:57 (six months ago) link

look at him in that video!!!
the band even sounds like the e street band

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:00 (six months ago) link

Earle has cited Born in the USA as the main inspiration for Guitar Town, and it's interesting to listen to it through that lens.

― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:57 AM (thirteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah this makes sense.

watching this whole austin concert now thx LL

marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:11 (six months ago) link

Guitar Town>I Feel Alright>Exit 0>Train A Comin>Copperhead Road>everything else

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:23 (six months ago) link

I Feel Alright is probably one of the best comeback albums ever

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:23 (six months ago) link

whoa whoa whoa dude where is transcendental blues on your list!

marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:27 (six months ago) link

ums obviously likes his Earle more hardcore troubadour than zen folkie

alpine static, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:29 (six months ago) link

yeah I like him within generally the country genre more than being adventurous, will admit that i have not heard transcendental blues in a very very long time

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:48 (six months ago) link

He told a funny story about Springsteen coming to see him c. "Guitar Town." Earle reacted by covering "State Trooper," and supposedly Bruce went up to him and just said "that was pretty ballsy."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:12 (six months ago) link

"I Feel Alright" has one of my all-time favorite badass lines: "Be careful what you wish for friend/'Cause I've been to hell and now I'm back again."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:14 (six months ago) link

Steve Earle has always been super ballsy <3 sometimes to his detriment, I'm sure

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:18 (six months ago) link

I love the production on I Feel Alright , taking the sound of “Honky Tonk Women” to further extremes. “Hard Core Troubadour” is the apex, how the guitar strings snap, like a leashed dog snapping at you. “Poor Boy” is a close second, but while the sound is still sticky the song’s more Liverpool.

I was really into this guy back in the day. I lost faith with the cornier numbers on El Corazón (“Poison Lovers” eg) but I should revisit it all now that twenty years have passed.

L'assie (Euler), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:44 (six months ago) link

I was a big fan during the I Feel Alright through Transcendental Blues run, and then my attention flagged after that. The few times I've checked in on him in the years since--his much ballyhooed John Walker Lindh song, the Townes Van Zandt covers record--I thought he sounded generally exhausted, but as a human being, in his post-recovery years, he has to be one of the most laudable musicians we have (I usually hesitate to say things like this, as they are inevitably to be followed by news of some indefensible quote or incident that I missed, but in his case, knowing what I know about his integrity and activism, I feel pretty secure).

My fave song of his (if pressed to chose one):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbi2rMQveHo

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 10 January 2019 02:15 (six months ago) link

I always sort of forget that Earle was once played on Country radio. I remember him telling a story (in the book Rednecks and Bluenecks) about a drunken Ronnie Dunn (from Brooks & Dunn) yelling at him about Sharia Law at a party.

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:03 (six months ago) link

last night i played some steve earle songs just for fun and 1) wow those songs are fun to play 2) they are easy 3) in the event that steve earle wants to try something new and loud, how about a crazy horse-style extended jam scenario (trancendental blues made me think this was a good idea -- i haven't listened to that song in probably a decade but man it is so good!! the drums sound a little canned at first but we can fix that in our jam scenario)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:36 (six months ago) link

As far as perfectly constructed songs go--nothing missing, no room for any additions--The Devil's Right Hand is way up there. Lyrically, melodically airtight.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:22 (six months ago) link

I think that's key. The relative simplicity of Earle's music really underscores that idea of The Songwriter. It's his lyrics and melodies that sell the songs, save the occasional iconic lick like the one in "Guitar Town."

I've told it before, probably, but I once sat in on a series of classes he taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The first was on Woody Guthrie. The second was on Dylan, including what he took from Woody. The third was on Springsteen and what he took from Dylan. The last was on Earle and what he took from all of them.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:38 (six months ago) link

Hey, check it out!

http://insurgentcountry.net/steve_earle_at_the_old_town_school.htm

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:39 (six months ago) link


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