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So they concentrated on pointing me toward the good stuff to read and listen to. One of them was my drama teacher, and another was a biology teacher who also had a local country band. Earle could have used more of that nurturing guidance during his early years on the road, as he fell prey to the troubling whims that seemed so obvious to everyone who knew him as a boy.
If Steve Earle weren't a living, breathing person, he'd be a character in a blues song - a raucous ballad about a gifted rebel who drank too much, lost most of his women in a blizzard of crack and cocaine addiction, and always came out on the wrong side of the law. Somewhere in the midst of all this, he also managed to weld rock to country, the Beatles to Springsteen, and bluegrass to punk, establishing himself among the most thoroughly original and politically astute musicians of his generation. Granted unrestricted access to Steve and his family and friends, Lauren St John has given us a sometimes shocking, often moving, and completely unvarnished biography of one of America's most talismanic sons. John does a fantastic job
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Steve Earle has never been so busy. They are the two things that control my life. Earle has never been one for beating around the bush.
THE expression living legend is one that is often bandied about when it comes to describing musicians. However in the case of double Grammy award winning American singer Steve Earle, this is a description that few people could argue with. Cork audiences will have the opportunity to see exactly why when he takes to the stage at the opera house on Wednesday, November 11 for what promises to one of the gigs of the year on Leeside.
In the strictest sense, Steve Earle isn't a country artist; he's a roots rocker. At first, Earle appeared to be more indebted to the rock side than country, as he played a stripped-down, neo-rockabilly style that occasionally verged on outlaw country. Instead, he cultivated a dedicated cult following, drawing from both the country and rock audiences, the former with his debut Guitar Town, and the latter with 's commercial breakthrough Copperhead Road. Toward the early '90s, his career was thrown off track by personal problems and substance abuse, but he re-emerged stronger and healthier several years later, producing two of his most critically acclaimed albums ever, 's Train A'Comin' and 's I Feel Alright.