Guitar Town [Bonus Track]

Guitar Town [Bonus Track]

by Steve EarleSteve Earle


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On Steve Earle's first major American tour following the release of his debut album, Guitar Town, Earle found himself sharing a bill with Dwight Yoakam one night and the Replacements another, and one listen to the album explains why -- while the music was country through and through, Earle showed off enough swagger and attitude to intimidate anyone short of Keith Richards. While Earle's songs bore a certain resemblance to the Texas outlaw ethos (think Waylon Jennings in "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" mode), they displayed a literate anger and street-smart snarl that set him apart from the typical Music Row hack, and no one in Nashville in 1986 was able (or willing) to write anything like the title song, a hilarious and harrowing tale of life on the road ("Well, I gotta keep rockin' while I still can/Got a two-pack habit and motel tan") or the bitterly unsentimental account of small-town life "Someday" ("You go to school, where you learn to read and write/So you can walk into the county bank and sign away your life"), the latter of which may be the best Bruce Springsteen song the Boss didn't write. And even when Earle gets a bit teary-eyed on "My Old Friend the Blues" and "Little Rock 'n' Roller," he showed off a battle-scarred heart that was tougher and harder-edged than most of his competition. Guitar Town is slightly flawed by an overly tidy production from Emory Gordy, Jr., and Tony Brown as well as a band that never hit quite as hard as Earle's voice, and he would make many stronger and more ambitious records in the future, but Guitar Town was his first shot at showing a major audience what he could do, and he hit a bull's-eye -- it's perhaps the strongest and most confident debut album any country act released in the 1980s. [In 2002, MCA reissued the album in Super Audio, with improved packaging and the addition of a bonus track, a live cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper."]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2002
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817026527
catalogNumber: 170265
Rank: 5411

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Earle   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ken Moore   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bucky Baxter   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Pedal Steel Banjo
Richard Bennett   Bass,Guitar,6-string bass,Slap Bass
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass,Mandolin
John Jarvis   Synthesizer,Piano
Mike McAdam   Guitar
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer
Harry Stinson   Drums,Vocals
Reno Kling   Bass

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Mastering Consultant
Steve Earle   Composer,Liner Notes
Richard Bennett   Composer
Tony Brown   Composer,Producer
Mark J. Coddington   Engineer
Tim Devine   Producer
Emory Gordy   Producer
Tim Kish   Engineer
Russ Martin   Engineer,overdub engineer
Steve Tillisch   Engineer,overdub engineer
Simon Levy   Art Direction
Vartan   Art Direction
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer,overdub engineer
Keith Odle   Engineer
Jimbeau Hinson   Composer
Robbie Rose   Engineer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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