Steve Earle

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So you wanna be an out­law Warner Bros ✪✪✪✪ ✪

Coun­try mu­sic, and its off­spring Amer­i­cana, is cur­rently en­joy­ing some­thing of a surge on this side of the At­lantic, so it’s al­ways good to hear from one of its prime movers. Steve Earle’s songs have been recorded by a who’s who of coun­try artists, in­clud­ing Johnny Cash, Em­my­lou Har­ris and Carl Perkins to name but a few. On So You Wannabe An Out­law Earle breaks out 12 tracks (or 16 if you choose the ‘deluxe edi­tion’) that ef­fort­lessly bulls­eye the genre and are sure to de­light fans old and new. But it’s not all old-school coun­try; check out Fixin’ To Die with its nod to Led Zep­pelin’s When The Levee Breaks, or the plain­tive bal­ladry of The Girl On The Moun­tain. Both great tracks that con­firm Earle’s place at the cut­ting edge of coun­try.

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