Another very solid effort by one of the finest singer/songwriters the great state of Texas has ever produced. They're calling this his " country " album...celebrating the music and time of Waylon Jennings....honestly, to me, this sounds just like a Steve Earle album, tough, gritty, hard no frills rockin', just like most Steve Earle albums....so I guess what I'm trying to say is, that to my ears this sounds no more country than most of his work...the deluxe version is the one to get.....the bonus tracks are a lot of fun and the dvd is very entertaining. If you're a longtime fan, or brand new to Steve Earle....don't miss this great set....funny that he and his son have new albums out at the same time, and JTE's new one is his best one yet....like father like son...
I love Steve Earle, seen him three times at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC and would go again. This album features a tune with Willie Nelson on it. I'm not big on labels s I can't subscribe to the idea that Steve is a country musician, as this album suggests, sort of, for the theme is based on the music of Waylon Jennings but I can't equate this brand of sound with Nashville pop. It's gritty, rocking outlaw music. Steve has a son, Justin Townes Earle, middle name ...a very close friend of Steves, Townes Van Zandt. I just love Steve Earle from his first to his last recording.
Got tickets to see the Dukes next week. If they were to only play this record I'd be satisfied! Hands down this is a great album. Been waiting and boy does it deliver! Thank ya Steve Earle! Not only for the new album but also for being a voice for my generation......
The opening song "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw" has a jumbled duet with Willie Nelson running out of breath in the tangled lyrics, but otherwise this album is superb. Steve Earle is a consummate songwriter and performer and many of these songs are instantly memorable. "Looking For A Woman" is a great guitar ballad. "New from Colorado" is a terrific, mournful song of sadness. "This is how it ends" and "You broke my heart" are terrific and "Walkin' In LA" is a superb duet with Johnny Bush. The weakest songs are "Fixin to Die" and "Firebreak Line."
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!!!
One of his best recent albums. Those who are ardent Earle fans will hear the roots of the songs on this album in earlier works, but each of these new songs is unique. I saw him and the band live at the end of July, and if ever there was a man driven by a life force, it is Steve Earle. This is truly a great album, ranking right up there with my other favorites like El Corazon and Train A'Coming to mention just two. This is a work of the heart.
I've been a Steve Earle fan maybe 20 or + years. I don't have all his discs but am familiar with all his material. This is another example of his musical greatness. How is it that Texas has produced so many incredible singer/ songwriters. For those that don't like him that's your business but trashing the recording his songs his singing well Justin Bieber must be releasing a new one soon
I really enjoyed this record! Though I am a long time fan of Steve Earle, I haven’t loved everything he’s put out. And on first listen I wasn’t sure about this one. But I like it more and more with repeated listening. Yes, his voice has gotten pretty ragged. But get past that and there is some great music here. The heartbreak and anger over the end of his marriage is all over it in “This is How it Ends” his diet with Miranda Lambert, “You Broke My Heart,” “Fixin’ to Die” and “Lookin’ for a Woman.” His great love and admiration for Guy Clark is in “Goodbye Michaelangelo.” The angry young man from “Guitat Town” and “Copperhead Road” sounds a little rougher but he’s still here. No one crafts a song like Steve Earle, and I encourage anyone who hasn’t done so to give this record a chance.
I like Steve Earle. I like his attitude and music. Pretty easy for me to like this record (I bought the vinyl). If you like Steve Earle and his attitude, I recommend you check this out. If your tastes lean more to Kenny G., this may not be for you, but I’d encourage you to check it out anyway.
Best Steve Earle album in several years. Great music with an outlaw edge and just the right amount of righteous anger. Steve is at his best when he is ticked off politically and personally and this is one of those times.