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Steve Earle On World Cafe | July 4, 2011

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For more than three decades, Steve Earle has helped define modern country music. At the dawn of his career, Earle helped bring about the term "new country," and has been relentlessly touring and recording ever since.

His career began in meager fashion. Earning a living as a songwriter, his songs were recorded by some of the big names of the 1970s, including Carl Perkins and Vince Gill. Earle would have to wait until 1986 before his own album saw the light of day, but it proved to be worth the wait. Guitar Town shot to the top of the country charts and was certified gold, earning two Grammys along the way.

Despite battling addiction in the 1990s during what is famously known as his "vacation in the ghetto," Earle cleaned up and started writing again, opening a fresh new chapter to his life. Since then, Earle has drawn from diverse styles of music, including bluegrass and hard rock. After his Grammy-winning 2009 release Townes, which featured Tom Morello, Earle's wife Allison Moorer, and his son Justin Townes Earle, he turned to his latest effort, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Released this past April, the album was featured here as a First Listen and gave thousands an early glance at an album packed with years of wisdom and honesty. (link)

Playlist

HOUR 1

Bell X1 "Velcro" Bloodless Coup
Bruce Springsteen "4th of July, Asbury Park" The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Steet Shuffle
X "4th of July" See How We Are
Justin Townes Earle "Christchurch Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Steve Earle "Waitin On The Sky" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Steve Earle "Every Part Of Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Steve Earle "I'll Never Get Out of This World" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Steve Earle "This City" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Steve Miller Band "Living In The USA" Sailor
Chuck Berry "Back In The U.S.A." Chess Box Disc 2
Violent Femmes "American Music" Why Do Birds Sing
The Gaslight Anthem "American Slang" American Slang

HOUR 2

The Meters "Just Kissed My Baby" The Funk Box
Marques Toliver "Charter Magic" Butterflies Aren't Free
Marques Toliver "Deep In My Heart" Butterflies Aren't Free
Andrew Bird "Fitz And Dizzyspells" Noble Beast
Givers "Up, Up, Up" In Light
Paul Simon "Rewrite" So Beautiful Or So What
Beck & Seu Jorge "Tropicalia" Ver-Red Hot & Rio 2
Bon Iver "Calgary" Bon Iver
Alexi Murdoch "Orange Sky" Four Songs
The War On Drugs "Baby Missles" Slave Ambient
Bob Dylan "Tombstone Blues" Highway 61 Revisited
The Heavy "How You Like Me Now?" The House That Dirt Built