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Editors’ Notes

More grizzled and pungent than ever before, Earle’s voice is at the heart of Jerusalem, the album which brought his political positions to the forefront of his songwriting. “Jerusalem” and the infamous “John Walker’s Blues” (which identifies with John Walker Lindh, the jailed American jihadist) both address the effects of George Bush’s America with anger, empathy, and more than a little bit of hope. While Jerusalem garnered attention for its overtly political tone, the album contains some memorable songs designed in the classic Steve Earle mold. “Go Amanda” is a rollicking, woman-on-the-run tune written in collaboration with Sheryl Crow, while “I Remember You” could have come from Train A Comin’ or even Guitar Town: a duet with Emmylou Harris, the song’s narrator stalks a nighttime town, haunted by the memories of an old flame. As troubled as he is by life in a modern-day “shadowland,” Earle’s triumph is his refusal to address his worries, and the worries of the world around him, with anything less than candor and compassion.

Customer Reviews

He's a genius!

The guy has been through an awful lot and the beauty of it is that through it all, he is able to display uncanny songwriting skills. He took alot of heat for JW Blues, but anybody who knows his body of work and has a shred of common sense, realizes that Steve is as patriotic as those dudes that hung out in Philly 230 years ago! Buy this and you will be destined to collect his entire body of work.

Excellent Combination

I had been listening to John Walker's blues in my collection of "alt country" songs but never listened to the lyrics. Now, having done so, I was struck by the fascinating and excellent combination of content and form here. The song is in a deep rebel country voice, and one might imagine a few outlaws fighting it out on the frontier. Only, in this interesting twist, the frontier is to be found in the rocky terrain of the Taliban's Afghanistan, and our hero is a young American gone astray, finally returning home to "the land of the infidel" with his " head in a sack"

Don't listen to LUV ADDICT - this is a great album

I believe Mr. or Ms. Luv Addict is a Fox news plant to subvert what EVERYBODY who has any musical smarts already knows...that Steve Earle is the real deal.


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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