I first “met” Steve when I bought one of his CDs at a yard sale for 25c. I’d never heard of him before but his name as well as the title had a twanginess to them that had me hoping it would be old school country. The investment was a quarter. The CD was, “Train a Comin”.
The very first song to touch my auditory nerve:
One that haunts, also found on this CD, is Goodbye:
Like Bob Dylan and Townes VanZandt — both of whom will have their time in the sun on this blog at some point — Steve Earle is skilled at political songs.
One, also on this CD, is Ben McCulloch:
On El Corazon, is Taneytown, a song that tears me apart every time I hear it:
Follow the link to an excellent biography of the artist: