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Born in Virginia and raised in Texas, Steve Earle began playing guitar at age 11 and has straddled the line between rock and country ever since. His 1986 debut album Guitar Town had attracted fans of both genres, topping the US Country chart and producing two Top Ten hits while earning favorable comparisons to populist heartland rockers like Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. By this time Steve Earle and his third wife also had a child together named Jusin Townes Earle, who was named after Steve Earle’s mentor Townes Van Zandt and would eventually become an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right.
Later, after a series of personal and drug problems between the late-80’s and mid-90’s, followed by a year in rehab, Earle bounced back with the releases of Train a Comin’, I Feel Alright and El Corazon. All three albums garnered strong reviews and favorable sales. Steve Earle later won three Grammy Awards in the “Best Contemporary Folk Album” category and accumulated a total of 14 Grammy Nominations over the course of his career. His latest and second album with famed producer T-Bone Burnett, I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive, peaked in the top five of the US Country, Folk, and Indie charts in 2011. He also released a memoir of the same name soon after.
Celebrate years of Steve Earle with us today at 5PM on WERS!