I promised myself I'd talk about Steve Earle's music. Not his Brando-esque physical transformation from completely boneable (have you seen the cover of Guitar Town lately?) to a weird creature with a combover that resides under a bridge. Nor shall I discuss his debut novel, I'll Never Get out of This World Alive, or his roles as Walon on The Wire and Harley Watt on Treme—nope, we're talking about the man's music. Currently making the rounds in support of I'll Never Get out of This World Alive—the album, not the book—Earle peppers his sets with a respectable balance of new and old, and is backed by his better half, singer/songwriter Allison Moorer. While the T Bone Burnett-produced I'll Never Get isn't his finest hour, it's a solid, balanced mix of protest rock ("Little Emperor") and sober ballads ("This City"). It's proof that there is still plenty left to say about the music of Steve Earle. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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