I'm a huge Steve Earle fan. He is the REAL country, the country of Johnny Cash. He has a song called Fuck the FCC on his last album. He sang a song called John Walker's Blues about the guy who defected to the Taliban and the song was from the guys point of view. He covers Springsteen songs very well, had one huge crossover hit with Copperhead Road (about a moonshiner who comes back from 'Nam with a better idea-growing herb!) that was played on some FM stations. He spent time in jail, and when music bigwigs were sitting in a hotel room in NYC working on a million dollar contract for him, he had hocked his plane ticket and was shooting junk in Nashville where he lived. He's clean now and still a thorn in the side of everything that needs it. It's tough for him, being a country star who is pro-choice, anti-war, against our president,etc. He's not played on country stations and not played on rock stations. He's great because he doesn't care about this fact! I saw him live a few times, and the best was with Jackson Browne and Keb Mo and his set is definitely rock. Everyone commented about how loud and thrashy he sounded and I just loved it! I recommend his latest cd: The Revolution Starts...NOW and for a beautiful acoustic cd, try Train a comin. Check him out!
"The only funeral you should ever try to interrupt is your own, and that should be a full-time job." -Kinky Friedman