Steve Earle - Live from Austin, TX
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I think Earle has gone from strength to strength over his career and is relevant now...but that said....this is the stuff that his fans fell in love with and its so wonderfully captured and presented that it almost too beautiful to believe that we have this gift of an amazing songwriter at his first blossom!
Back in the dark ages, I had a 90-minute Maxell mix tape I made (from vinyl, no less) comprised of the best of his first four albums that I listened to incessantly. Equal parts early 70's Rolling Stones, late 70's Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash, those four albums, with and without The Dukes, were nothing short of triumphant - scary good - and packed to the gills with tales of steel belts hummin' on the asphalt, two-pack habits, and motel tans, layered with a liberal coating of twang and unvarnished bliss. Earle seemed poised to take over Nashville, if not the world.
Maybe it was the six failed marriages, the crack addiction, or sudden career shift to yardbird, but Earle lost his way, marking a brief near-return to the glory days with the "Train A Comin'" and "I Feel Alright" albums before apparently deciding that making some sort of grand political statement was more important than writing a really good song. Regrettably, I gave up on him years ago.
This DVD is the fleshed-out version of Earle's first ever appearance on "Austin City Limits," originally edited down to 30 minutes for television broadcast, and it showcases a guy giddy with the thrill of using guitar, drums, and amps to make a beautiful noise without worrying about the global implications of making rock and roll music. And at the risk of causing some people heartburn, make no mistake about it; this is rock and roll, not country (or at least not your daddy's country).Read more ›
Listeners who've worn out their original vinyl will be renewed by the sparkle Earle brings to the stage. Dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans, he looks the role of the dreamers who populate his songs, cruising their pickups and homemade muscle cars through small-town America. This first blush of performing bravado winds the clock back on an album that's become an Americana staple: Earle performs everything from "Guitar Town" save "Someday," and works through half of its follow-up. His band translates the songs to stage with few changes, roughing up a few of the album's tidy edges with live vitality.
Whether unwinding the freedom of "Guitar Town" or wallowing in the emotional scars of "Little Rock & Roller," Earle can't help beam with the pride he has in his songs. The closing "I Love You Too Much" and encore of "San Antonio Girl" find the singer wringing every last drop of enjoyment out of his time on stage. Save for a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper" Earle "made all these songs up," and a more compelling collection of vignettes and characters would be hard to find.
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The classic Steve Earle that I fell in love with when I was a little girl.Published 21 days ago by TraceH17
Steve Earle is what I call "deep country" and this is Steve at his best. DVD quality is very good.Published 7 months ago by Gene StJohn
Too old of an album, too country. Production values were just not so good then, either.Published 8 months ago by Martha C
When I worked for Geoffrey Himes in the 90's, he always liked Steve Earle but me being me, I never paid too much attention and once again robbed myself of cultural experience. Read morePublished 11 months ago by L Goddard
This is Steve Earle in his earlier years, I always liked Steve Earle from the beginning, if you like his later stuff, ACL also has a concert of that.Published on February 11, 2014 by R. Polding
Very good DVD. Up close and songs were very clear. Steve sure knows how to sing right from his heart He gives so much of himself for his music and The Dukes Rock!!Published on January 17, 2014 by Dianne senters
This is the version of Steve Earle
and The Dukes that made him famous.
I miss them both. I rank Steve a little
higher than Bruce Springsteen in song
writing... Read more
Earle was a major factor in the Neo-traditionalist movement, and the proof is on this DVD. The complete performance is here, available in 2-channel stereo or 5.1 channel surround. Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Bob Justman