STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (AND DUCHESSES) – The Low Highway

Album: The Low Highway

Artist: Steve Earle

Label: New West

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Steve Earle Low

www.NewWestRecords.com

BY JOHN B. MOORE

Fans of the HBO series Treme would be forgiven for getting the roots-based, down-to-earth Americana musician Steve Earle confused with the character he played on the show, a roots-based, down-to-earth Americana … well crap, now I’m confused. 

The point I’m trying to make is that there’s more than a little cross over between fiction and real life on The Low Highway, his 15th (15th!) studio record. The sweet, mellow swing of “After Mardi Gras” was co-written by his Treme co-star Lucia Micarelli and is begging to be made into a duet.

Always a brilliant first-person storyteller, you can imagine just about any of the characters that populate this record – from the meth addicts and petty thieves (“Calico County”) to those down on their luck and thinking of torching the local Wal-Mart (“Burn it Down”) popping up as supporting characters on Treme.

The best tracks, though, come when Earle focuses on just simply rockin’, like the ‘fuck ‘em, I’m just gonna have fun’ anthem “That All You Got?” and the ever optimistic “Love’s Gonna Blow My Way”.

DOWNLOAD: “That’s All You Got?,” “Love’s Gonna Blow My Way” and “Pocket Full of Rain”

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