The Revolution Starts...Nowby Steve Earle
Increasingly political with each new album, Steve Earle is storming the Bastille like never before on The Revolution Starts...Now, examining the lives of both the common folk and the profiteers whose misguided morality enmeshes us in horrors unforeseen. As per the latter, consider the plight of the truck driver in the jaunty, country rockdriven "Home to Houston": He goes to Iraq hoping to make a buck, unaware of the terror awaiting him, and finds himself scrambling to get home in one piece -- "then I won't drive a truck anymore." Earle's bemused attitude seems to mock the trucker, whose mercenary roll of the dice didn't pay off. Similarly, "The Gringo's Tale," a finger-picked shuffle given added grandeur by a Beatlesque string quartet, is another of Earle's family epics about a mercenary (he references fighting in Grenada and Nicaragua) following in his forebears' footsteps only to find himself on the run, with a price on his head for his subversive activities. Conversely, the lilting, mid-tempo "Rich Man's War" sympathizes with exploited underclass youths "sent off to fight a rich man's war," whether it be an American who enlists hoping to find a direction in life only to find that life unwind, or young Arabs whose immersion in an atmosphere of fear leads inevitably to suicide bombings. And for specificity, there's "Condi, Condi," a whimsical, tropical-flavored ditty addressed to an uptight national security adviser, and a furious, grungy, profane screed, "F the CC." Emmylou Harris sits in on a poignant, folk-styled bit of self-assessment, "Comin' Around," and Earle offers up a lovely, bittersweet love song, "I Thought You Should Know," to round out his most provocative state of the union/state of the heart address yet.
- Release Date:
- Artemis Records
- The Revolution Starts...
- Home to Houston
- Rich Man's War
- The Gringo's Tale
- Condi, Condi
- F the CC
- Comin' Around
- I Thought You Should Know
- The Seeker
- The Revolution Starts Now
Performance CreditsSteve Earle Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Harmonium,Vocals,Mandola
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Eric Ambel Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
David Angell Violin
Kelly Looney Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Will Rigby Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Carmichael Conductor,Viola
David Henry Cello
Patrick Earle Percussion,Group Member
Edward O. Henry Violin
Dave Kissner Hand Clapping,Shouts
Bruce Kronenberg Hand Clapping,Shouts
Dave Nokken Hand Clapping,Shouts
Technical CreditsRay Kennedy Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Steve Earle Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chris Carmichael Arranger
Brad Talbott Art Direction,Illustrations
Tony Fitzpatrick Cover Art
Greg "Chief" Frahn Guitar Techician
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You don't have to buy into Earle's politics to like his music, but I suppose it helps. TRS...N covers a lot of ground and styles and accomplishes most of what it sets out to do. It is sarcastic (Condi, Condi), profane (F the CC) and searing (Warrior). Home to Houston fits into that classic genre of truck driving song, I wish Johnny Cash were still around to sing it, it is really good. Given that the liner notes have an explictly political message, most of the music is less political (i.e. anti-Bush) than being simply anti-war. This is bad? Given that so little current music has any political context, Earle is a breath of fresh air. He deals with issues of class (see, Rich Man's War) at a truly authentic level. The music itself is very good, but I admit that if you don't agree with his world-view you may well have a different take.
Steve Earle says what needs to be said about the state of American affairs. Thomas Jefferson said that it was important to have periodic revolutions in this country in order to shake up the status quo which he feared would become entrenched and consider its own interests above those of the rank and file. Steve Earle is a spokesman for the rank and file. The music is pretty good, too...
steve earle is one of the outstanding songwriters of our time his songs catch the spirit of their subject. this is a excellent cd from top to bottom.
A childish attempt to sound topical. The f-word and badly stated political metaphor is better left to Fox news. Avoid this tripe like the plague.
The founding fathers were adamant that we question authority. Steve Earle has moved past the blind, ignorant farce of 'patriotism' being used as a tool by the administration (a la Goering) to promote their agenda that's made the US no safer while losing over 1000 American soldier's lives. Bravo to a REAL American for daring to write such bold, honest songs for the Common Man.