Steve Earle Gets Gritty In “Calico County”

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RollingStone.com ahs the premier of Steve Earle’s new song Calico County.

As far as I can tell Earle’s new song is written solely by him. Though in style and substance it could have been a collaboration with fellow civic-minded Texan James McMurtry

Gritty with Sticky Fingers guitar swagger contrasted with She’s So Cold delivery Calico County tells a tale of rough, stoic characters, economic hardship and meth as the new moonshine. A theme he’s addressed substituting meth for weed on Copperhead Road. The song owes much to his Copperhead Road as it does McMurtry’s Can’t Make It Here.

The Low Highway features his live band consisting of Chris Masterson, Eleanor Whitmore, Kelley Looney, Will Rigby and Allison Moorer and was co-produced by Earle and Ray Kennedy (whose production partnership known as the “Twangtrust” was behind Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road).

Calico County will appear on Earle’s upcoming new release The Low Highway out April 16.

Earl is also putting the finishing touches on a memoir and a fiction novel and has collaborated with Pete Seeger on his upcoming release.

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The Low Highway Track Listing:

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 Pt. II
11. 21st Century Blues
12. Remember Me

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3 thoughts on “Steve Earle Gets Gritty In “Calico County”

  1. emfrank
    January 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I think the influence is more Dylan (subterranean homesick blues) than McMurty.

  2. January 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I hear McMurty.in the rock stye and narrative. I know others have written that they hear subterranean homesick blues in the delivery but i hear more Rolling Stone’s ‘She;s So Cold.”

  3. emfrank
    February 1, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I definitely hear the Stones influence as well, just don’t hear McMurty, other than elements he and Earle already shared. That said, I know they released a version of “Can’t Make It” together last spring for the Occupy album, so it would make sense. You’ll have to ask if you do an interview with him! One thing I like about Earle is that he is very open about his influences.

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