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STEVE EARLE So You Wannabe An Out­law ★★★★ Warner Bros

This man is the Du­ra­cell bunny of roots mu­sic. Coun­try, folk, blues, rock ’n’ roll, just plug him in and away he goes. Since his sev­enth mar­riage, to singer Al­li­son Moorer, went the way of the rest in 2015, the 62-year-old Texan has re­leased three al­bums in­clud­ing this lat­est, a po­tent mix of the per­sonal and the po­lit­i­cal. His last solo al­bum

Ter­ra­plane fo­cused on the blues; this col­lec­tion, ded­i­cated to Way­lon Jen­nings, re­verts to his love of out­law coun­try. Yet there is a per­sis­tent sense of lone­li­ness in tracks such as the duet with Mi­randa Lam­bert, This Is How It Ends, or the full-on lachry­mose You

Broke My Heart and News From Colorado. The ti­tle track, all snarling gui­tars and weary wis­dom, kicks off pro­ceed­ings while the equally mus­cu­lar Fixin’ To Die and If

Mama Coulda Seen Me sup­port his stand against the death penalty. Im­pres­sive as ever. steveearle.com

His last solo al­bum Ter­ra­plane fo­cused on the blues; this col­lec­tion, ded­i­cated to Way­lon Jen­nings, re­verts to his love of out­law coun­try

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