Steve Earle returns with new disc in September
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
– After a rare three-year break from recording, Steve Earle will release "Washington Square Serenade" Sept. 25, his debut for New West Records. The longtime Nashville (via Texas) resident, Earle has called New York City home for the past year, and this will be his first release produced in the city. Recorded at New York's Electric Lady Studios, John King of The Dust Brothers (Beck, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys) produced.
A deluxe CD/DVD version will be available with bonus artwork, plus an exclusive documentary about the inspiration behind "Washington Square Serenade," including a walking tour of Greenwich Village with Earle and Mark Jacobson (New York Magazine). The album will also be available as a Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl record.
"Tennessee Blues," the first song, brings Earle full circle as he sings about leaving the "Guitar Town" he first wrote about 20 years ago. The album celebrates New York City's diversity with "City Of Immigrants," featuring the band Forro In The Dark, who bring their style of traditional Brazilian Forro music to the song. Earle's wife, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, joins him on the duet "Days Aren't Long Enough," which they co-wrote.
The track list is:
1. Tennessee Blues
2. Down Here Below
3. Satellite Radio
4. City Of Immigrants
5. Sparkle And Shine
6. Come Home to Me
7. Jericho Road
8. Oxycontin Blues
9. Red Is The Color
10. Steve's Hammer (For Pete)
11. Day's Aren't Long Enough
12. Way Down In The Hole
Earle will be touring in support of "Washington Square Serenade" with tour dates announced shortly.
In addition to the new disc, Earle will appear in his recurring role as "Waylon" in the final season of HBO's "The Wire." Earle has also recorded a new version of the Tom Waits classic, "Way Down In The Hole" as the series theme song; which will also be included on "Washington Square Serenade." Additionally, Earle hosts the The Steve Earle Show: Hard Core Troubadour Radio on Outlaw Country, SIRIUS Satellite Radio Outlaw Country channel 63. The one-hour show features Earle's personal music selections and special guest interviews Saturdays at 8 p.m. pm and is rebroadcast Sundays at 1am and 9am and Monday nights at midnight (all times Eastern.
Earle also is currently writing his first novel for the Houghton Mifflin publishing company.
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