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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

A break-through

With "Guitar Town" and "Exit O," Steve Earle took progressive country in the direction it needed to go ... then he broke all the rules with "Copperhead Road." One of the best ever meldings of country and rock, this album belongs in the collection of any fan of rock, country or rockabilly. "Snake Oil" and "Back to the Wall" are rock classics, while "Nothing But a Child" is country balladry (with a touch of contemporary Christian sensibility) at its best. But the true standouts are the title song – destined to be one of the all-time classics of the popular music era – and "Waitin' on You," a plaintive ballad set to a hard-rocking beat. If you've heard of Steve Earle and wondered what to get, start here.

A very good album

Copperhead Road was the first Steve Earle album I ever heard, and it blew me away the moment I heard it. The title track is simply amazing, and the albums is an in your face slab of southern rock. If you are looking for a Steve Earle album to introduce yourself to is music, I suggest you start with this on. He has a new album coming out in a week so be on the look out for it

Great Songwriting, Great Album.

Copperhead Road 5/5, it is a great rock song , Has some Great songwriting,and is my favorite on the album. Snake Oil 4/5, it is a good song, not the best but it is a good song. Back to the Wall 5/5 it is another great song, The Devils Right Hand 5/5 This shows Steve Earles great songwriting, it is a fantastic song. Johnny Come Lately 4/5 It is really different from the other songs on the album but it is still a good. Even When I'm Blue 5/5 Even though this album has great songs Copperhead Road and Even Whem I'm blue are my favorites. This song has some great songwriting. You Belong to Me 4/5 This is not the best song on the album but it is OK. Waitin on You 4/5 I like the song, it is a little slower but it still keeps this as a great album. Once You Love 3/5 It is OK but not my favorite. Nothing but a Child 3/5 it is also not my favorite, the first 8 songs are the best.

Biography

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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