Low Highway

Low Highway

by Steve Earle
     
 

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Over the past 27 years Steve Earle's music has journeyed all across the Americana spectrum: country, rock, folk, Beatlesque psychedelia, topical folk songs, etc. He's even done a covers record of Townes Van Zandt songs to pay tribute to his late mentor and friend. His very best offerings are those he'sSee more details below

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Over the past 27 years Steve Earle's music has journeyed all across the Americana spectrum: country, rock, folk, Beatlesque psychedelia, topical folk songs, etc. He's even done a covers record of Townes Van Zandt songs to pay tribute to his late mentor and friend. His very best offerings are those he's recorded with his Twang Trust production partner, Ray Kennedy. They're together here. Over 12 songs, Earle does what he does best: he tells stories that get under the skin and into the bones. Backed by the Dukes (& Duchesses), his road band, the title track's first-person vignette captures the strangeness and contradiction of America from a small vantage point, a first-person narrative about traveling. His world-weary voice brings the listener into the meld of fiddle, strummed acoustic guitars, and whining pedal steel and keeps her there, seeing it all through his eyes. "Calico County" is a straight-up rocker with whomping electric guitars, Fender Rhodes, bass, and drums. "Burnin' It Down" is the other side of the roaming romantic of "I Ain't Ever Satisfied," defeated, angry, bewildered about what happened to those dreams and his town. Allison Moorer's accordion lends a poignant undercurrent to the guitars. "After Mardi Gras," written for Lucia Micarelli's character in the HBO series Treme, is delivered with a gentle swing, and a tender violin solo by Eleanor Whitmore. This contrasts with the barroom boogie of "Pocket Full of Rain," driven by Moorer's piano, fiddle, and a strolling upright bassline by Kelly Looney. "Down the Road, Pt. 2" is a roiling trucker country number, infused with the spirit of Bill Monroe thanks to Earle's mandolin. The closer, "Remember Me," a slow, 4/4 Americana number, is a plea from a father to his child; it's one of the most moving, poetic songs in Earle's catalog. The singer is accompanied only by his acoustic guitar in the first half, before Will Rigby's loose-tuned snare and bass drum, accompanied by upright bass, mandolin, and pedal steel, enter. The song is a testament of familial faith, an offering of unwavering love with a lone request: that the protagonist not be forgotten no matter life's turns. The Low Highway is Earle the storyteller without any agenda save for getting the songs right, telling stories, and recording songs that will resonate as deeply live as they do here. This may be his most consistent offering since El Corazón.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396626229
catalogNumber:
6262
Rank:
9107

Tracks

  1. The Low Highway  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  2. Calico County  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  3. Burnin' It Down  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  4. That All You Got?  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  5. Love's Gonna Blow My Way  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  6. After Mardi Gras  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  7. Pocket Full of Rain  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  8. Invisible  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  9. Warren Hellman's Banjo  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  10. Down the Road, Pt. 2  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  11. 21st Century Blues  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)
  12. Remember Me  -  Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Earle   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals,Mandocello
Kelly Looney   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Will Rigby   Percussion,Drums
Allison Moorer   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Vocals
Chris Masterson   Guitar
Eleanor Whitmore   Fiddle,Mandolin
Siobhan Kennedy   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Earle   Composer,Producer
Danny Goldberg   Management
Tony Fitzpatrick   Cover Art
Brady Brock   Publicity
Lucia Micarelli   Composer
Dave Nokken   Logistics
Jesse Bauer   Management
Richard Wootton   Publicity
Amanda Hale-Ornelas   Publicity
Ray Kennedy   Producer,Engineer
Paul Fenn   Booking
Russ Garrett   Guitar Techician

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