i give Steve and the Dukes five stars and i give Amazon a negative 100 stars. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL FANS.. i pre-ordered it and they came out with a deluxe edition, which i would gladly have paid the extra couple bucks for the FOUR SONGS i cannot hear. i bet those four songs are very good ones. they generally do not add crap and call it deluxe. they push it and push it but you do yourself no favors as a fan unless you are somebody who likes to stand in back. i like being up near the stage and i like four extra songs... aside from that, i was really glad to hear them follow up the last record with this one. i hate a strong one like Terraplane being followed by something, let's say on the 'mellow' side. this is good rockin' and infectuous, just like the last. The guest appearances are very nice, too!!!
Hard hitting Outlaw country, great musicians, not your current frat boy smoking pot country music. Steve knows how to write a song like Waylon and the boys. - From a life-long mostly Nashville resident.
When I first heard the album Guitar Town, I thought, “Wow, this Steve Earl guy’s got it all! He country, he’s rock, he’s edgy and he’s plays from the heart”. I became a fan and have since purchased all of Steve’s albums over the years. There’s been a lot of great ones and a couple of albums that were just ok. When I received his new album “so you want to be an outlaw” from Amazon the other day, I couldn’t wait to play it . First of all, the title alone promises that this is Steve returning to his old form, from the early days. And the album did not disappoint. I was hooked after the title track but it continued with one countrified rocker after another playing out as the album ran through, with a few soulful ballads and some guest cameos thrown in for good measure! The Dukes are in top form here, throwing hooks and haunting melodies out left, right and center. ‘So You Wanna Be An Outlaw’ brought back that same feeling I felt when I first heard ‘guitar town’. It’s edgy, it rocks, it’s got a sensitive side and it’s Steve Earl returning to his roots. Buy this record!
I really like Earle's grit. His music is not over produced or commercialized. It is a good combination of rock and country. Lookin' For A Woman is a standout. The main drawback is a really terrible recording. Earle's voice is badly distorted. Willie Nelson's instantly recognizable voice is nearly unrecognizable on So You Want To Be An Outlaw. Maybe my disc is defective.
This is a great CD. I have never really listened to Steve Earle's music. However, I am a big fan of the Outlaw County channel on Sirius XM and Steve is a DJ and they play lots of his music. The first time I heard If Mamma Coulda Seen Me I couldn't get it out of my head. He really owns the "outlaw" genre on this CD. Waylon would be proud.