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Thursday 6 November 2014

Hey Pretty Baby Are You Ready For Me

Steve Earle has had over twenty albums in his long and illustrious career.
There was Copperhead Road from 1988 perhaps his most famous  and most successful album
Then there is 1995's album Train a Comin' a comeback album after five years of prison and heroin addiction.
Or there is The Mountain his bluegrass album with the Del McCoury Band
I Feel Alright and El Corazon are clearly worth a mention.

However, my favourite and one of the ten best albums of all time is his debut album from 1986 Guitar Town -twenty eight your ago for goodness sake.

And here is the proof, the title track Guitar Town, the haunting Hillbilly Highway and My Old Friend the Blues brilliantly covered later by The Proclaimers.
What a brilliant debut album and an introduction to one of the best songwriters of his generation.

My mother when hearing the name Steve Earle thought he was the singer from Hot Chocolate - close but no cigar!

Steve Earle - Guitar Town

Steve Earle - Hillbilly Highway

Steve Earle - My Old Friend The Blues


  1. Great songs from a terrific album - a fine choice.

  2. I first heard him, like most people, through "Copperhead Road" and then encountered "Guitar Town" which I still play regularly to this day. Great album.

  3. "A two pack habit and a mo-tel tan."

    I don't know whether to cry about what could have been with Earl or just be thankful he's managed to produce anything at all. Guitar Town is fabulous.

  4. Good to see some fellow Guitar Town fans
    Like Scott I came to it via the later albums Copperhead Road and Exit O.
    Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett who all came to the fore at the same tome are probably responsible for my love of Country music.Them and a terrific Hank Wangford documentary on Radio 2

  5. Excellent comment from your mother. Let's have some more of her pearls of wisdom please! And some excellent tunes today