Sort of an a la carte presentation of Steve Earle's many talents - each tune showcases a different talent (guitar playing, songwriting, political commentary, folk historian, etc.), so the album is not cohesive.
Come September 24, 2015, a friend of mine (Frank) and I plan to see Steve Earle and the Dukes in concert in Tarrytown, N.Y. Frank's excited to hear "The Revolution Starts Now," so in order to familiarize him with the Dukes blues style, I bought "Terraplane" on C.D. and will play it on the way to Tarrytown. Long time ago, I tuned into Steve on "Guitartown," and later I thoroughly enjoyed his "Ellis Unit One" on the terrific "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack. Except for songs "The Usual Time" and "Go Go boots are back, "there is little especially appealing to me on "Terraplane." For friend Frank's sake, I truly hope the Dukes can play a bluesy "The Revolution Starts Now" but since that radical (anti war?) song became a Chevy truck TV commercial, it might be best to let sleeping anti war dogs lie?
Finally, on "Terraplane" final song, born January 1955, Steve Earle (self admiringly?) sings, "Mama knew she'd just given birth to the King of the Blues." Although I sort of caught the clever nativity reference to Steve's line, and I do not want to hurt Mama Earle's joyous labor feelings, but Gregg Allman was born in an old Nashville hospital, December 8, 1947. Uh, by chance, was Steve born in the backseat of a Texas bus?