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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Steve Earle

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2018 12:35pm | Post a Comment

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Outlaw country artist Steve Earle doesn't hide his influences. Before his recent in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood Earle did some record shopping and picked up a couple of Waylon Jennings albums, including 1973's Honky Tonk Heroes. "My new record, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, is sort of, shamelessly and unapologetically patterned after this Waylon Jennings record," he told us. "It was country acts figuring out that rock acts got to do things they didn't get to do," he explained. "They got to make records the way they wanted to." Earle also grabbed another Jennings record, Dreaming My Dreams. "I was actually kind of around, got to go to some of the sessions, and hang out a little bit," he recounted, talking of producer Jack Clement and his "little empire he'd built up" in Nashville. But it wasn't all country for Earle, who had a very diverse collection of LPs and shared some interesting anecdotes about his relationship with each one in this What's In My Bag? episode.

Steve Earle has made in his mark in the folk, country, and rock scenes over the past three decades as a songwriter and producer. He is the author of a memoir, a play, a novel, and a collection of short stories. Earle has also appeared as an actor on a long list of films and TV shows, including 30 Rock, Treme, and The Wire. He began his career as a staff songwriter in Nashville before going on to record his debut EP, Pink & Black, in 1982. Earle's debut full-length, Guitar Town, appeared in 1986 and was an instant success, with both the title track and single "Goodbye's All We've Got Left" reaching the Billboard Top 10.

In 1989, Earle's Copperhead Road blended folk, traditional Irish, bluegrass, and metal music and featured a guest appearance by The Pogues. 1990's The Hard Way featured a more rock-influenced Steve Earle So You Wannabe an Outlawsound before returning to an acoustic, folk genre feel with 1996's Grammy-nominated Train a Comin'. In '96, Earle started his own label, E-Squared Records. He released the country / rockabilly / rock fusion LP I Feel Alright and his acclaimed 1997 El Corazon LP on the label. By 1999, Earle was dabbling in bluegrass, having recorded The Mountain with the Del McCoury Band.

Earle got political on Jerusalem (2002) and The Revolution Starts Now (2004), both of which were critical of the Iraq war and the Bush administration's policies. The latter album won a Grammy for Best Folk Album. His twelfth studio album, Washington Square Serenade, landed in 2007, the same year he appeared as the character of Walon on The Wire. A year later, he produced Joan Baez's Day After Tomorrow. He earned a third Grammy win for his 2009 album Townes, a tribute to Townes Van Zandt. In 2011, he published a short story collection, Doghouse Roses, and a novel that shared the name of his fourteenth studio album, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Earle teamed up with Shawn Colvin for 2016's Colvin & Earle. His most recent release is 2017's So You Wannabe an Outlaw.

Holding up an LP of Nirvana's Nevermind Earle said"This is groundbreaking, there's not any doubt about it and it kinda saved rock 'n roll for a minute." Also from the Northwest region, Earle picked up a copy of Sleater-Kinney's The Woods, stating "I love Sleater-Kinney, I just always have...I wish these guys would make more records." Earle also grabbed a Miles Davis record with the dream lineup of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, jokingly calling them "a pretty good band." He also found a compilation of early Jamaican proto-ska and rhythm & blues songs produced by music pioneer Sir Coxsone and went on to share not only his personal early experiences with reggae music, but a short history of the genre itself.

Watch the full episode to see all of Steve Earle's eclectic picks:

Steve Earle - What's In My Bag?
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