36: Steve Earle


Most of us found out about Steve Earle when his first album, “Guitar Town” came out in 1986. It is still one of the best first album from any artist ever. To date he has released 17 albums and won Grammeys for several of them. If that weren’t enough, he has appeared in 2 television series, “The Wired” and “Treme” and written 2 books, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” and “Doghouse Roses”. His most recent album “Guy” is composed entirely of songs by one of his Texas songwriting mentors, Guy Clark. 10 years ago he released “Townes” comprised of songs of another of his mentors, Townes Van Zandt. In this podcast Steve shares his strong opinions on a range of topics: recording techniques, musicians who deserve the designation- genius, his admiration for his touring band, The Dukes, (should have asked him if they are The Dukes of Earle ?), the quality of certain acoustic and electric guitars etc. It’s a rapid fire conversation where the facts and anecdotes come at you fast and furious. If you’re a SLN listener you will love this podcast.

1986 Steve’s first. One of the best first LPs ever

“Guy” Steve’s compilation of his mentor Guy Clark’s songs

The classic Guy Clark L P “Old No 1”

Steve refers to Doc Watson playing a Les Paul in the 50s before he was worshipped (with good reason) for his acoustic flat top picking. Note the mic “stand” and that CF-100?

Some of Steve’s early guitars L -R Vox serenader, Fender Newporter and a Gibson LG O

Outtake from a VG cover shoot

2008 Earle at NYC’s Judson Memorial Church

The “Peace Love” J-200 referenced in Steve’s conversation.

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