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Steve Earle Finds Common Ground With 'Ghosts of West Virginia'

On Ghosts of West Virginia, Steve Earle chronicles the lives, hopes, dreams, and regrets of families who've lived for generations in coal country with a masterful song cycle that's long on empathy and short on judgment.

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Steve Earle and the Dukes: Terraplane

Terraplane pays homage to the Texas blues, with mixed results.

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Country Fried Rock: Steve Earle Interview

Steve Earle's new album, Terraplane, takes this lyrical master down to his Texas blues roots.

Music

The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 80-61

In this next segment of PopMatters' look back on the music of the 2000s, we examine works by British electronic pioneers, Americana legends, and Armenian metal provocateurs.

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When the Man in Black Went to Bat for Native America

A recasting of Johnny Cash's most controversial album, Bitter Tears, raises questions about the inclusiveness of American music.

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Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War

While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?

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Steve Earle's 'I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive'

A been-there-lived-it-attitude and street-level redemption, all propelled by a songwriter's/storyteller's lyrical and narrative knack.

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Play Me Some Mountain Music: The Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2011, Part 1

Four days of sun, banjos, snow, Mumfords, fiddles, and rock gods at 10,000 feet.

Steve Leftridge
Music

Commit: An Interview with Steve Earle

Earle digs through a mutual past for a new album of Townes Van Zandt covers, and he explains what it was like knowing, and being heckled by, the songwriter himself.

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Steve Earle: Townes

A distinctively Earle-stamped tribute to one of the greatest American songwriters of all time.

Jayson Harsin
Television

In Prison My Whole Life

In Prison My Whole Life works through the contexts and details of Mumia Abu Jamal's experience, connecting it to other moments in recent American history.

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Slacker Uprising

With substandard picture quality and a lack of true eye-opening material, this will be regarded as a minor work in an otherwise impressive film canon.

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The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season

The dense mythology, painstakingly created over five novelistic seasons, has enough drama packed inside to be easily spun out for the next five, ten, 15 years.

Music

Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade

Earle sheds the southern sweat on his new record, and gives listeners a more metropolitan, but still solid, sound.

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Goodbye Guitar Town: An Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle might be quieting down, but he still has plenty to say. PopMatters talks with Earle about his new album, New York and much more.

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Steve Earle: The Definitive Collection: 1983-1987

Summarizing Steve Earle’s amazing career in one disc just isn't possible, but you can't go wrong with any compilation of the master.

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Steve Earle: Live at Montreux 2005

While a no-frills affair, this DVD shows Earle in peak form taking aim at those in power.

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Steve Earle: Live From Austin TX [CD and DVD]

Clean and sober, Earle's prolific string of seven albums in nine years has been nothing short of masterful. It has also usurped the first half of his career: Earle, formerly competent songwriter, now makes sonically adventurous records with political and social conscience.

Zeth Lundy
Music

Steve Earle: The Revolution Starts... Now

The release of this record two and a half months before we have to enter the voting booths should offer solace and inspiration to those ready to act.

Hank Kalet
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Steve Earle: Just an American Boy [DVD]

Amos Poe had a terrific chance to put together the definitive profile of an artist who is at the peak of his career, producing great music, prose, and drama at such a prolific rate as he'd never done before.

Adrien Begrand
Music

Steve Earle: Just an American Boy: The Audio Documentary

Just an American Boy cements Earle's status as one of the most vital, brave singer-songwriters of the past couple of decades, and also one of the most prolific, as this album is his seventh stalwart effort in the past eight years.

Adrien Begrand
Music

Steve Earle: The Best of Steve Earle (20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection)

There is nothing new offered on this collection, no song or version of a song that cannot be found elsewhere, on one of the many "best of" or "essential" Steve Earle albums.

Chip O'Brien
Music

Steve Earle: Jerusalem

Steve Earle has always been a guy who is never afraid to shoot his mouth off, and with 'Jerusalem', his timing is perfect, as his own razor-sharp words slice through the shallow slop of almost all 9-11-inspired music that has come out to date.

Adrien Begrand
Music

Steve Earle: Sidetracks

Sidetracks is Earle's collection of what he calls "stray songs", songs that never made it to albums, or which can only be found on obscure compilations, soundtracks, or import editions of his albums.

Andrew Gilstrap
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Jordan Kessler
Music

Steve Earle: Guitar Town (Expanded Edition)

Without this brilliant effort, none of the others would've been possible. A modern classic.

Jason MacNeil
Books

Doghouse Roses: Stories by Steve Earle

On first blush, it would seem Steve Earle might need more than a doghouse rose to make up for foisting this book on his fans. By the end, you realize the book 'itself' is a doghouse rose. 'It ain't much,' you can imagine him saying as he hands it over, 'but I did it for you.'"

John Kenyon
Music

Steve Earle: Transcendental Blues

Steve Earle, once all but given up for dead, metaphorically if not literally, has been riding a white hot hand since returning from the long dark night of drug addiction and musical oblivion.

Mitchell Moore

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