THE PEOPLE’S HARDCORE TROUBADOUR

February 21, 2013 – 4:31 am

Steve Earle wants you to “occupy” obscene profiteers and greedy employers. Read “Walmart”.

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

STEVE EARLE
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)
42:36m

* 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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  1. 10 Responses to “THE PEOPLE’S HARDCORE TROUBADOUR”

  2. I am a big fan of Steve Earle. Thanks for posting this BigO.

    By JB on Feb 21, 2013

  3. You should probably repost some Townes to go along with this. http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=261

    By JB on Feb 21, 2013

  4. THANKS FOR THE STEVE EARLE.
    HATED SEEING HIM GO DOWN ON TREME.
    STEVE EARLE HAS VISION.

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Feb 21, 2013

  5. Me, too, Sarge. Steve Earle getting shot on Treme was one of the more shocking TV moments in recent memory.

    By YogaforCynics on Feb 21, 2013

  6. thanks bigO! cant wait for the new lp

    By barth on Feb 21, 2013

  7. I am one of the invisible, uncounted, never received unemployment benefits, no government assistance people. But track 4 has been done before, even in song: Why Don’t We Burn All The Buildings (the insurance will feed the poor for years) by Adrian Snell in 1986. Of course, that is not true. L.A. did that in the Rodney King riots. Many buildings burned and over 50 people were murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I knew victim 50.

    By 4yrsnojob on Feb 21, 2013

  8. for fans who dont mind searching a little for some earle.. if u go to npr’s site he can be found having performed a bunch of times for various radio shows including but not limited to mountainstage and some of their other concert shows. most of them are downloadable by the click of a button.
    also.. on youtube he did a tiny desk concert that was filmed and its like 14-17 mins or so. i forget. i have dl’d / converted dozens of these so i forget how long his was. but it comes right up when u search. turning it into an mp3 takes only a minute or two. there are dozens of other earle shows that are fm/tv/sbd quality on youtube for the copying. i havent even checked archive.org. there is a lot out there on this man. he tends to do the same series of songs at every show however so things do get repetitive. but if youre a fan and want to collect as much as u can of him..theres no shortage of stuff out there.

    By darth on Feb 21, 2013

  9. i have this site saved in my faves that i suddenly remembered that i think will be of huge interest to fans of steve -

    http://www.steveearle.net/

    By darth on Feb 21, 2013

  10. will u never tire of being wrong?

    http://steveearle.com

    By barth on Feb 23, 2013

  11. Thank you Big O - any Steve Earle is much appreciated.

    By Eric on Mar 3, 2013

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