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Steve Earle at War Memorial: What an outlaw sounds like

Steve Earle at War Memorial: What an outlaw sounds like

Country-rock Renaissance man, off-Broadway composer, Texas-bred New Yorker Steve Earle has no use for hyphens on his latest release. Arriving at a time when the music landscape is littered with “alt-“ and “indie-” and “-esque,” the album is, simply, “a country record.”

“My records are all pretty f---ing country when it gets right down to it,” he says. “I still talk like this [the last word bent into two syllables]. As rock ’n’ roll as I’ve ever tried to be, there’s still a certain amount of twang involved, no matter what I do. But this is sort of like doing it on purpose.”

A spiritual godfather to country iconoclasts such as Chris Stapleton,

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