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Four performances from Austin City Limits TV show
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1. The Low Highway
2. Calico County
3. Burnin It Down
4. That All You Got?
5. Love s Gonna Blow My Way
6. After Mardi Gras
7. Pocket Full Of Rain
8. Invisible
9. Warren Hellman s Banjo
10. Down The Road Part II
11. 21st Century Blues
12. Remember Me

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: New West
  • ASIN: B00B89WZCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on April 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
As I rolled on down the low highway.

So sings Steve Earle in Low Highway (the song), painting a picture of tumbleweed and dust in millennial America.

Saw empty houses on dead end streets
People linin' up for somethin' to eat
And the ghost of America watchin' me
Through the broken windows of the factories

It's a raw picture and a bleak one that grabs you and won't let go. As far as I'm concerned this album's gotta be some of Steve's best work, right up there with El Corazon, Copperhead Road, and Jerusalem...

He goes on,

Met a man with a rifle in his hand
Been away to battle in a distant land
Taught him how to hate and taught him how to kill
Now he's out on the road with a hole to fill

Next up, Calico County presents a chillingly evocative portrayal of the strung out world of a meth amphetamine junkie...

Born in a double wide out behind the county dump
Mama never told me why daddy didn't live with us
Only picture I had he's climbin' on a prison bus
Stencil on his back said Calico County

And then, Burnin' It Down, about a guy in a pick up truck, contemplating fire bombing the local Wal Mart. This scary image is wrapped in a bittersweet melody as the would be arsonist laments, "Now I'm getting old no place else to go / And it's all come unwound".

Steve's band is exceedingly tight as testifies to the time they've spent touring together on the road. The music moves seamlessly from folk to country to rock to blues and back to bluegrass and doesn't miss a beat. In so doing, it fleshes out the portrait of America that's established in the lyrics.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Steve Earle & The Dukes & Duchesses
"The Low Highway"
(New West, 2013)

One of the founding fathers of the Americana music scene, Steve Earle has this amazing knack for producing one record after another where I hear it and go, Oh man, that's his best one ever! These days he's really on a roll: his 2008 Townes Van Zandt tribute was beautiful and complex, while 2011's "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" was even more searching and richly textured. And now... Steve Earle's recorded his best record ever... again!

The album kicks off with the bouncy, bluegrassy title track, a twangy acoustic echo of Woody Guthrie giving way to a windswept landscape of soft fiddle and pedal steel. From there, Earle leaps into crunchy, grungy electric guitar rock on "Calico County," the catchiest power-pop song about cooking meth you're likely to hear all year. As the album progresses, each track takes on its own unique feel, and each one is equally alluring. Backing him is his tour band, the The Dukes & Duchesses, which includes Earle's wife, Alison Moorer, who adds some nice harmonies. Earle's rumbling, soulful vocals may remind many listeners of the legendary Dr. John, while a strong counterpoint is provided by the excellent fiddle work that laces through the record. The loose, inventive improvisations reminded of the fluid performances of actor/violinist Lucia Micarelli who co-starred with Earle on HBO's Treme tv series: sure enough this album includes three songs that Earle and Micarelli co-wrote for the series, although it's duchess Eleanor Whitmore who bends the bow on this album... and man, is she good! An excellent record, the kind you'll find yourself cycling through time after time, soaking up a a variety of melancholy moods, with melodies that can echo in your head for hours. Highly recommended. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The head of a New York-based arts organization recently asked me to suggest a musician who might perform a few songs at its annual benefit.

I recommended Steve Earle.

For several reasons. He has a new CD. He's a mesmerizing, charismatic presence. And in live performance -- let's just say you would not want to be sitting in the front row, drunk, with the mad idea that it would be cool to heckle this guy.

In short: a dream of a suggestion.

It was quickly rejected.

"The feeling of my colleagues is: We'd like someone more ... literary," I was told.

Excuse me? Steve Earle is a folk poet with a world-class reputation -- he's the successor to Woody Guthrie, with 15 CDs in his catalogue. And he's omni-talented: He's written a novel, stories and a memoir.

Not literary? Oh, I understand. That's code for: He sports a bin Laden beard, dresses in jeans and flannel shirts, and finds four-letter words suitable for all occasions. He's an actor... in "Treme," the HBO show set in New Orleans. And he's been married a stunning seven times. ("You can't say I lack commitment," he jokes.)

No, not literary like, say, Leonard Cohen. To steal his phrase, he's a "hard core troubadour." And The Low Highway is the latest chapter of that story.

Here's Steve Earle talking about his America, the inspiration for his new CD:

"I've been on every interstate highway in the lower forty-eight states by now and I never get tired of the view.
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