Fast genau zwei Jahre nach „I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive“ erscheint das mittlerweile 15. Studioalbum von Steve Earle. ‚The Low Highway‘ ist zudem das erste Album mit dem “The Dukes” Bandzusatz seit ‚Exit 0‘ (1987).
Auf ‚The Low Highway‘ ist Earle’s Liveband, bestehend aus Chris Masterson, Eleanor Whitmore, Kelley Looney, Will Rigby und Allison Moorer zu hören, co-produziert von Earle und Ray Kennedy (u. a. bekannt für Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road).
The 12-track set is the anticipated follow up to 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and is the first billed as “Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses).” The album is also the first to feature “The Dukes” band name since 1987’s Exit 0. The Low Highway features his live band consisting of Chris Masterson, Eleanor Whitmore, Kelley
Looney, Will Rigby and Allison Moorer and was co-produced by Earle and Ray Kennedy (whose production partnership known as the “Twangtrust” was behind Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road). The Low Highway is Earle’s 15th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut Guitar Town.
Between the opening title track and the reflective closing of “Remember Me,” The Low
Highway is very much Steve Earle’s road record, and one that has seen many miles. Earle
states in the album liner notes, “I’ve been on every interstate highway in the lower fortyeight
states by now and I never get tired of the view. I’ve seen a pretty good chunk of the
world and my well-worn passport is one of my most prized possessions, but for me, there’s
still nothing like the first night of a North American tour; everybody, band and crew, crowded
up in the front lounge, eating Nashville hot chicken and Betty Herbert’s homemade pimento
cheese, swapping the same tired old war stories half shouted over the rattle and hum of the
highway. And I’m always the last one to holler good night to Charlie Quick, the driver, and
climb in my bunk because to me it feels like Christmas Eve long ago when I still believed in
Santa Claus. God I love this.”
The Low Highway also features “Love’s Gonna Blow My Way” and “After Mardi Gras,” two
songs Earle co-wrote with Lucia Micarelli, his co-star in David Simon’s original HBO Series
Treme. Earle played a recurring character, Harley, a street musician who mentored
Micarelli’s character Annie during the first two seasons. The songs were written specifically
for the series and an additional song written by Earle for Treme, “That All You Got?” was
performed by Micarelli’s character with the Red Stick Ramblers during the third season
premiere. All three songs are included on the new album and appear in recorded form for
the first time here. Earle’s previous composition written for the series, “This City,” garnered
both Grammy and Emmy Award nominations in 2010.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly
became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash,
Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez
and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to
number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New
Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including
the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’
(1995), as well as the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy
Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade
(2007), and Townes (2009). His previous album, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
(2011) was also Grammy Award nominated.
,,Solide Folkrock-Songs von den düsteren Straßen Amerikas." (Rolling Stone, April 2013)
,,Ein weiterer Meilenstein im Werk Steve Earles, der ähnlich zeitlos klingt wie seine frühen Arbeiten." (musikexpress, Mai 2013)
,,Die zwölf solide aufgenommenen Titel zwischen Country, Folk und Rock sind geprägt von bitteren realpolitischen Impressionen am Straßenrand (...), aber auch von Freude und Spaß am Tourleben." (stereoplay, Juni 2013)
hat Produzent Ray Kennedy,
dessen Meisterstück immer noch
Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels
On A Gravel Road ist, dem
Album einen knarzig liebevollen
Sound verpasst, der dafür sorgt, dass
Steve Earles eindringliche Lieder
fast wie von selbst den Weg in die
Herzen der Hörer finden." (Good Times, Juni / Juli 2013)
Disk 1 von 1
The Low Highway
Burnin' It Down
That All You Got?
Love's Gonna Blow My Way
After Mardi Gras
Pocket Full Of Rain
Warren Hellman's Banjo
Down The Road Part II
21st Century Blues
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