Steve Earle: “We’ve never had an orangutan in the White House before”

There’s a fascinating interview with Steve Earle over at RS Country this morning where he talks extensively about, among other things, his latest record and Trump.  He tells them: “I don’t see him finishing the term. I don’t see how he does it. Although it’s hard to predict what this guy’s gonna do. We’ve never had an orangutan in the White House before. There’s a lot of “What does this button do?” going on. It’s scary. He really is a fascist. Whether he intended to be or not, he’s a real live fascist. Continue reading “Steve Earle: “We’ve never had an orangutan in the White House before””

Steve Earle & The Dukes “So You Wannabe An Outlaw” (Warner Bros. Records, 2017)

Back in 2004 we had Steve Earle’s “Beatles” album – “The Revolution Starts Now”; then, in 2015, we had his “Blues” album – “Terraplane”. Now we have his latest release, his “Waylon Jennings” album – “So You Wanna Be an Outlaw”. Of course, none of these are an album of covers or an attempt to sound like the artists referenced; it’s more about Steve Earle wearing his influences on his sleeve and specifically acknowledging them in the way he writes and performs for that particular album.  Continue reading “Steve Earle & The Dukes “So You Wannabe An Outlaw” (Warner Bros. Records, 2017)”

Steve Earle discusses new album with RS

Happy Monday morning everyone. If you’re sitting in an air conditioned freezing office looking at the sun through tinted windows, warm yourself with this piece from RS Country: “For the vast majority of Steve Earle’s studio LPs, beginning with the 1986 neo-traditional classic Guitar Town, he has used other inspiring works to build a sonic template before recording. For his latest, the raucous So You Wannabe an Outlaw, out today, the Texas-born musician, novelist and actor unapologetically channels Waylon Jennings – in particular, the rebellious, monumentally influential Honky Tonk Heroes-era Waylon, who took creative control of his musical destiny with that 1973 album, largely penned by fellow renegade Billy Joe Shaver.  Continue reading “Steve Earle discusses new album with RS”

The Guardian talks to Steve Earle, not an Oasis fan it seems

There was a really interesting interview with Steve Earle published in The Guardian yesterday which contained some golden nuggets where he talks about being single (“If I go to a baseball game I can stay for the whole thing”), heroin (“I lost everything but my house”) and politics (“The left has lost touch with American people, and it’s time to discuss that”)  He also lays into Noel Gallagher who he describes as “the most overrated songwriter in the whole history of pop music.” That’ll be an awkward next meeting coming up. You can read the whole interview over at the Guardian hereContinue reading “The Guardian talks to Steve Earle, not an Oasis fan it seems”

Steve Earle is live on Bob Harris show tonight

The best country/americana programme on national UK radio hits BBC Radio 2 tonight at 7pm as usual, where Bob Harris is joined by Steve Earle in the studio for a special live session celebrating the release of his new album “So You Wanna Be An Outlaw”, his first album to be made in Texas (ironically given his roots). You can catch up on iPlayer here, even if you’re not in the UK (it’s only pictures the BBC doesn’t like crossing our borders). Continue reading “Steve Earle is live on Bob Harris show tonight”

Uncut wants you to ask Steve Earle some questions

The lovely people at Uncut have a regular “An audience with..” feature where they get their readers to send in questions to musicians and next up is americana legend Steve Earle.  They prompt readers with suggestions such as How did get cast in The Wire?, What was life like growing up in Texas? and What’s the best advice Willie Nelson ever gave him?  Although a better question would be, was the Dixie Chicks’ Earl(e) Had to Die a coded attack on you?  And what’s the collective noun for a group of jellyfish?  Send your questions to uncutaudiencewith@timeinc.com before this Tuesday.  And in the meantime watch this performance from Earle earlier (someone who is even more like him?) this year including an epic and magnificent Trump rant. Continue reading “Uncut wants you to ask Steve Earle some questions”

New Steve Earle & the Dukes album lands next month

Americana icon Steve Earle and his country rock band The Dukes will release a new album “So You Wannabe an Outlaw” on June 16 on Warner Bros. Records, which is available now for pre-order where you’ll receive an instant download of the album track “Lookin’ For A Woman.” It’s Steve’s first album for Warner Bros. Records since 1997’s El Corazón, and explores his country songwriting roots, featuring collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert. Continue reading “New Steve Earle & the Dukes album lands next month”