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 (one year 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):
― Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 10 January 2019 02:15 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
Hey, check it out!
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:39 (one year ago) link
Just now getting around to his Guy Clark homage album. Man, his voice is shit now. :(
― Johnny Fever, Saturday, 7 December 2019 04:56 (two months ago) link
Yeah I did not care for this album at all
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 8 December 2019 00:25 (two months ago) link