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Editors’ Notes

Copperhead Road was country outlaw Steve Earle’s full-fledged kiss-off to the Music City mainstream, and his love letter to rock ‘n’ roll. The snarling, stomping title track revealed him to be a kind of alt-country Bruce Springsteen, and Earle almost enters AC/DC territory on “Back to the Wall,” all the while unveiling the left-leaning politics that gave his growl some political gravitas. In stark contrast, the openhearted love songs on the album’s endearing second half showed the tough guy’s tender side.

Customer Reviews


This is awsome music!! It will never get old!!

It's NOT country

I agree, Steve Earle has written some amazing music in his time. I can listen to it over and over again, without ever losing interest. BTW it's NOT country! It's folk music!!!

Copperhead Road

Essential ballads for the evolving redneck!


Born: January 17, 1955 in Fort Monroe, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the strictest sense, Steve Earle isn't a country artist; he's a roots rocker. Earle emerged in the mid-'80s, after Bruce Springsteen had popularized populist rock & roll and Dwight Yoakam had kick-started the neo-traditionalist movement in country music. At first, Earle appeared to be more indebted to the rock side than country, as he played a stripped-down, neo-rockabilly style that occasionally verged on outlaw country. However, his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville or rock...
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