Steve Earle and his life passion for blues

October sees a rare visit by a true legend of American music, Steve Earle And the Dukes.
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Steve Earle

Their album Terraplane has been well received landing at number one in the Blues chart with particular praise for hit song ‘You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had.’

The band kicked off its full tour in April with a gig in Little Rock, Arkansas, and made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, which came nearly 26 years to the day after Earle’s 1989 debut on the show when he performed his now classic ‘Copperhead Road.’

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Earle is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor who began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982.

Throughout his more than 30-year career, he has mined the rich veins of American roots music from country to rock and roll, folk and rockabilly.

Terraplane is his 16th studio album, and in it Earle pays tribute to the blues, influenced by the giants he saw growing up in Texas – Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddy King, Johnny Winter, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Canned Heat and Billy Gibbons.

Recorded in Nashville by Ray Kennedy and produced by R.S. Field, the new collection is his homage to the music he calls “the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share,” and a record he wanted to make for a long time.

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Over 11 original tracks, Earle and his band The Dukes traverse various forms of the blues – from the Texas roadhouse blues of opener Baby Baby

Baby (Baby), to the acoustic country blues of Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now, and the Chicago blues of The Usual Time to the pre-war blues of Baby’s Just As Mean As Me, a duet with Eleanor Whitmore.

Described by Mojo as “Earle’s passion for blues in its rawest form,” Terraplane has been receiving rave reviews with Uncut choosing it as Americana Album of the Month. Rolling Stone called it “less a soul-searcher than a sturdy vehicle, built to chug through hard times,” while Vintage Guitar remarked, “In a time when far too many modern ‘blues’ records feel antiseptic and slick, Earle and band superbly integrate new songs and old sounds.”

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