Steve Earle wants you to “occupy” obscene profiteers and greedy employers. Read “Walmart”.
Berlin 2013 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Radio Eins Studio, Berlin, Germany; February 6, 2013. An excellent FM stereo broadcast.
Steve Earle is back with a new album for April. He’s doing some marketing at the moment with radio shows. Then he’ll be back to Europe for a tour to promote The Low Highway. Of the new songs, the most provocative is Burnin’ It Down, a song about the exploitative practices of Walmart.
The Low Highway is the road of the everyman, where “empty houses and dead end streets” line the way. You won’t see The Beach Boys driving their “409s” on this old road. Remember Me is a father who wants to live as a memory for his new son.
Perhaps the best of the four new songs previewed is Invisible. It could be about low self-esteem as much as it is about hopelessness, a theme that probably inhabits the new album. Invisible talks about how a person’s worth is measured in dollar terms. Nothing new there except that it’s even more prevalent these days. Someday “how are you?” might just get replaced by “how much do you earn?” The invisible man isn’t someone you can’t see. It’s someone you don’t want to see.
The show ends with Transcendental Blues, his reason for carrying on.
If I had it my way, everything would change
Out here on this highway the rules are still the same
Back roads never carry you where you want ‘em to
They leave you standin’ there with them ol’ transcendental blues
This FM broadcast was shared by Manillo at DIME. Thanks.
- The Little Chicken
Thanks also to serge for the artwork.
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Track 01. Interview (7.7MB)
Track 02. The Low Highway* (7.3MB)
Track 03. Invisible* (8.8MB)
Track 04. Burnin’ It Down* (6.5MB)
Track 05. Remember Me* (8.4MB)
Track 06. My Old Friend The Blues (4.0MB)
Track 07. Someday (6.6MB)
Track 08. The Devil’s Right Hand (6.1MB)
Track 09. Copperhead Road (7.6MB)
Track 10. Transcendental Blues (8.6MB)
* songs from the new studio album, The Low Highway.
Steve Earle - vocals, acoustic guitar
The new album, The Low Highway, arrives April 16. Buy the 2 disc set and get a bonus DVD with the album in 24/96 high resolution, playable on your DVD player plus bonus videos. Order it here now.
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