DIARY - 28 MAY 2008 - STEVE EARLE CD REVIEW
EARLE CD REVIEW - 2008
WASHINGTON SQUARE SERENADE (NEW WEST-SHOCK.)
in my mirror, pedal on the floor/ bound for New York City and I won't
be back no more/ won't be back no more, boys won't see me around/ goodbye
town." - Tennessee Blues - Steve Earle.
life when Steve Earle played a recovering redneck in HBO TV series The
Not quite on the same page or spelling as My Name Is Earl on Seven
here but part of colourful re-invention of a Virginian whose birth was
celebrated with Texas soil neath his cot to make him a Lone Star State
Well, that was 53 years ago and Earle did a role reversal of Jerry Jeff
Walker who left New York for Texas in the sixties.
Earle celebrates 2005 relocation from Nashville to Greenwich Village in
Tennessee Blues - entrée tune on his 19th album.
If you missed that news flash the singer reprises his new digs - just
down Bleeker St from where Dylan sang for his supper in the sixties -
in Down Here Below and City Of Immigrants.
Borrowing from Dylan ain't a crime - in Red Is The Color - or even
older mentor Pete Seeger in Steve's Hammer (For Pete.)
Earle is merely carrying on a tradition - albeit more melodically than
his recent refried rock aberration - where the song comes first and the
my daddy worked in the coal mine/ till the company shut it down/ then
he sat down and drank himself blind/ till we put him back underground."
- Oxycontin Blues - Steve Earle.
no surprise biblical, family parable Jericho Road and coalminer's
son eulogy Oxycontin Blues have raw elements of good country
The latter could be the bastard son of Copperhead Road - speed
and ice replace weed as the solace of choice and the son of an air
traffic controller is convincing in his role as a miner's offspring.
But let's not forget marriage the seventh time around resurrected
Earle as incurable romantic in Sparkle And Shine, Come Home To
Me and a collaboration with singing spouse Allison Moorer on the
delicious Days Aren't Long Enough.
never be flavour of the month again on commercial radio but this irritant
free capsule will find a home on the range here on ABC and community radio.
And, if you don't tune into Americana stations on the net, the singer
paints a salient signpost to the new wireless bunkhouse for him, Dylan
and many more on Satellite Radio.
There's no feedback or static when he sings "at the galaxy's end
where the stars burn bright are you tunin' in and turnin' on?"
Instead there's a long goodbye from Earle on guitar, mandolin, banjo,
harmonica and harmonium.
Hey, was that Seeger channelling his belated Stalin parody, The Big Joe
Blues, to his protégé for a new dawn on the satellite?
Earle's serenade and musical rebirth are complete.
Even his acting - his role as a prison teacher recently surfaced on Law
& Order: SVU - here on the Ten Network.
Just a month or two before Shooter Jennings, fresh from his cameo in Walk
The Line, played with his band the 357s in a barroom scene in a rodeo
fuelled episode of CSI on the Nine Network.
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