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Copperhead Road

Steve Earle

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A maverick to his Virginia-born bones, Earle took a long stride toward freedom on 1988's Copperhead Road. The guitars snarl and the drums slam fiercely on this fiery, take-no-prisoners song collection. The title track (a FM rock favorite) and "The Devil's Right Hand" roar with the defiance of a Confederate guerilla force, with Earle's vocals ringing with feverish desperation. Softer tunes like "Nothing but a Child" (a tender nativity song) take the edge off the anger. Another highpoint, "Johnny Come Lately," matches him with the Pogues for a galloping Irish-Appalachian romp. At this point in his career, Earle was veering away from Nashville's restrictions and reveling in his own potent country/rock/folk blend fearlessly. He's gone on to release other outstanding albums, but Copperhead Road is unmatched for its musical ferocity and fine-etched lyrical insights. There's venom and honey alike to be savored here.

Customer Reviews

Copperhead road

Superb, one of countrys finest singers

Good Place To Start

Steve Earle is One of countrys bad boys. An uncompromising individual and mastercraftsman when it comes to his music. This is Steves third album and established his career on the world stage. An excellent fusion of country and rock, this is a good starting point for anyone who would like to find out more. Try Copperhead Road, The Devil's Right Hand and Johnny Come Lately.

gobsmakingly good

I heard this LP previewed on a radio programme and went out and bought it 20 years ago! I dont really like C&W but this album changed my view! Side one is a complete gem! Brilliant songs that tell a good story with excellent tunes and wonderful playing. "Snake Oil" has relevance today considering the US Presidential elections!


Born: 17 January 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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