Guitar Town [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
On Steve Earle's first major American tour following the release of his debut album, Guitar Town, Earle found himself sharing a bill with Dwight Yoakam one night and the Replacements another, and one listen to the album explains why -- while the music was country through and through, Earle showed off enough swagger and attitude to intimidate anyone short of Keith Richards. While Earle's songs bore a certain resemblance to the Texas outlaw ethos (think Waylon Jennings in "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" mode), they displayed a literate anger and street-smart snarl that set him apart from the typical Music Row hack, and no one in Nashville in 1986 was able (or willing) to write ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
On Steve Earle's first major American tour following the release of his debut album, Guitar Town, Earle found himself sharing a bill with Dwight Yoakam one night and the Replacements another, and one listen to the album explains why -- while the music was country through and through, Earle showed off enough swagger and attitude to intimidate anyone short of Keith Richards. While Earle's songs bore a certain resemblance to the Texas outlaw ethos (think Waylon Jennings in "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" mode), they displayed a literate anger and street-smart snarl that set him apart from the typical Music Row hack, and no one in Nashville in 1986 was able (or willing) to write anything like the title song, a hilarious and harrowing tale of life on the road ("Well, I gotta keep rockin' while I still can/Got a two-pack habit and motel tan") or the bitterly unsentimental account of small-town life "Someday" ("You go to school, where you learn to read and write/So you can walk into the county bank and sign away your life"), the latter of which may be the best Bruce Springsteen song the Boss didn't write. And even when Earle gets a bit teary-eyed on "My Old Friend the Blues" and "Little Rock 'n' Roller," he showed off a battle-scarred heart that was tougher and harder-edged than most of his competition. Guitar Town is slightly flawed by an overly tidy production from Emory Gordy, Jr., and Tony Brown as well as a band that never hit quite as hard as Earle's voice, and he would make many stronger and more ambitious records in the future, but Guitar Town was his first shot at showing a major audience what he could do, and he hit a bull's-eye -- it's perhaps the strongest and most confident debut album any country act released in the 1980s. [In 2002, MCA reissued the album in Super Audio, with improved packaging and the addition of a bonus track, a live cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008817026527
  • Catalog Number: 170265
  • Sales rank: 6,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Earle Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ken Moore Organ, Synthesizer, Keyboards
Bucky Baxter Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Pedal Steel Banjo
Richard Bennett Bass, Guitar, 6-string bass, Slap Bass
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy Bass, Mandolin
John Jarvis Synthesizer, Piano
Mike McAdam Guitar
Steve Nathan Synthesizer
Harry Stinson Drums, Vocals
Reno Kling Bass
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Mastering, Mastering Consultant
Steve Earle Liner Notes, Remastering
Tony Brown Producer, Remastering
Mark J. Coddington Engineer
Tim Devine Producer
Emory Gordy Producer
Tim Kish Engineer
Russ Martin Engineer, overdub engineer
Glenn Meadows Mastering, Remastering
Steve Tillisch Engineer, overdub engineer
Simon Levy Art Direction
Vartan Art Direction
Chuck Ainlay Engineer, overdub engineer
Keith Odle Engineer
Robbie Rose Engineer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Excellent country-rock!

    I remember listening this album as a child in the mid to late 80's. Over 20 years later it is still a great album, and listen to it often. Great songwriting and catchy songs with a great band, The Dukes. He was way before his time with his pioneering Country-rock, rough around the edges approach. Steve Earle did not get any better than this. His more recent material is much too political, this one as well as Exit 0 (1987) and Copperhead Road (1988) are all gems!

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