In addition to 3 studio albums,a previously unreleased live CD and rare live DVD are included. Fans ordering direct from label get autographed booklet featuring liner notes from Earle and David Simon of The Wire and Treme fame.
By Blurt Staff
Shout! Factory has set a June 25 date for Steve Earle: The Warner Bros Years, a 4-CD/1-DVD box set featuring Train A Comin’, I Feel Alright, El Corazon, the previously unreleased concert album Live at the Polk Theater, and To Hell and Back, a concert filmed at Cold Creek Correctional Facility in Tennessee. The box set also contains a newly written intro by Earle, original booklet information and art from the original Warner Bros releases, and an essay written by David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire and Treme, n which Earle appeared in and provided music for.
The Cold Creek performance in 1996 is of additional note: it was court-ordered, one of the conditions of his probation was that Earle perform at a prison within the state of Tennessee. “To Hell and Back” was broadcast on MTV but has never before been released on DVD. Of the experience Earle says “There’s a lot of murderers there. It’s essentially a center for violent crimes. It’s a tough place. It’s real—they did catch it and they didn’t censor it.” Asked whether he thought about Johnny Cash at Folsom while doing the show, Earle says “Well, sure, I definitely thought about that, and I engaged in some of the same passive aggressive behavior that John did. I played an acoustic set and when I picked the electric back up, the roof just about came off the place.”
In a new introduction written for Steve Earle: The Warner Bros Years,Earle writes “What I hope people take away from this period of my life is this: Don’t let anyone tell you that there’s any correlation between being creative and being fucked up. I’m pretty proud of all that I’ve done since then but when I look back at that period I think, wow, it was an intense burst of creativity for somebody that just got clean. A lot of people will swear up and down that that’s not what happens. A lot of times artists are discouraged because there’s a myth that’s perpetuated by people, some of whom aren’t even artists, that they’re gonna lose something if they stop living like that. I made four records before Train A Comin’ and I’m putting out my 15th as I write this. I’ve been nominated for 14 Grammys and I’ve won three. I’ve done way more shit sober than I did fucked up.”