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Editors’ Notes

Steve Earle is as close as Nashville ever came to birthing its own Bruce Springsteen. His debut album reveals a workingman’s poet with a rugged, rebellious demeanor and a rock ’n’ roll heart. Of course, the Texan songsmith had a country soul, too, and when he put the two together on the title cut’s mission statement or the character study “Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough),” he created a thrilling amalgam that was more or less the Big Bang of alt-country.

Customer Reviews

one of the best albums of the 80s

this was what started it all. you wouldn't regret buying it

Excellent Classic

This was my first introduction to Steve Earl who grew up in Schertz the next town over from me. I had an old 75 Camero and this tape got stuck in the deck and that is all I listened to for about 6 months....

Somethin Country

This is my favorite Steve Earle album and everytime I pop this album in maaan I feel right at home. Ya want to play "somethin country" get this.


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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