Steve Earle preps new CD
Monday, January 24, 2011
Steve Earle is set to release "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive," his 14th album, on April 26 via New West Records. The album is the anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning 2009 release "Townes."
The 11-track set was produced by T Bone Burnett and is Earle's first collection of original material since his 2007 Grammy Award winning, "Washington Square Serenade." The CD will be available as a single compact disc, deluxe CD/DVD set, digitally and 180 gram vinyl.
Writing for the new CD began three years ago, the longest span of any song cycle in Earle's career. The first two compositions were God Is God and I Am A Wanderer, 2 songs written by Earle for Joan Baez' 2008 album, "Day After Tomorrow," which Earle also produced.
The album also includes This City, written for the HBO Original Series, "Treme," which Earle also appeared in as an actor. This year, Earle will be reprising his role of Harley during many episodes of Treme's second season. This City features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has garnered a Grammy Award Nomination in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Category. Additionally, the song also garnered Earle's first Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Category. "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" also features Heaven or Hell, a duet with Earle's wife, Allison Moorer.
"They are all, as far as I can tell, about mortality in one way or the other; death as a mystery rather than a punctuation mark or at least, a comma rather than a period," Earle said on the liner notes.
Earle's long anticipated debut novel of the same name will be published on May 12 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The novel imagines the troubled life of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by the ghost of his former patient and friend, Hank Williams. The title of both Earle's new album and debut novel is taken from the Williams song by the same name; the last single released during his lifetime in 1952.
After many years of touring solo and acoustically worldwide, Earle will tour in support of the album with his former backing band The Dukes.
Songs on the CD are:
1. Waitin' On The Sky
2. Little Emperor
3. The Gulf of Mexico
4. Molly - O
5. God is God
6. Meet Me In The Alleyway
7. Every Part of Me
8. Lonely Are The Free
9. Heaven or Hell (with Allison Moorer)
10. I Am A Wanderer
11. This City
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