One of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation, Steve Earle first won an audience as a country artist, though it didn't take long for him to demonstrate that designation was too narrow for him.
Earle's music runs the gamut from country (1986's 'Guitar Town'), bluegrass (1999's 'The Mountain'), and rock (1988's 'Copperhead Road') to folk (2007's 'Washington Square Serenade', and blues (2015's 'Terraplane'). His populist lyrical stance, literate yet down to earth, finds room for the personal and the political, writing about the stuff of everyday lives as well as the forces that shape and define their existence.
Earle's naturally rebellious nature had an impact on his personal and professional lives; his most popular and celebrated work has a strong outlaw streak, and his unwillingness to play nice with record companies (as well as his struggles with addiction and his history of stormy marriages) attracted a certain breed of fans while alienating others. However, his versatility, the strength of his work, and consistent critical acclaim helped him attract a loyal following happy to follow his stylistic evolution. Earle has also recorded a handful of albums paying homage to songwriters who influenced him including Townes Van Zandt (2009's Townes), Guy Clark (2019's Guy), and Jerry Jeff Walker (2022's Jerry Jeff).
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