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Earle receives theatre award nomination

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Steve Earle was nominated for "Outstanding Music in a Play" category for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards on Wednesday.

Jessica Blank also received an "Outstanding Director" nomination as well. The Drama Desk Awards ceremony will take place virtually on Sunday, May 31.

The music will be released by Earle in his exploration of the historical role of coal in rural communities with "Ghosts of West Virginia," which comes out on May 22 on New West. The 10-song set is Earle's 20th studio album and was mixed entirely in mono.

"Ghosts of West Virginia" centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. Earle started working on the album after being approached by Blank and Erik Jensen, a playwright team that would create "Coal Country," a play with music about the disaster. They interviewed the surviving West Virginia miners, along with the families of the miners who died, and created monologues for their characters using those words.

Working closely with Oskar Eustis, The Public Theater's Artistic Director, they workshopped the songs and text for nearly four years. Earle was on stage for the entire play and performed seven of the songs that lead "Ghosts of West Virginia," providing personal, historical and social context for the testimony of the play's characters. The show opened on May 3, but the production was postponed after only two weeks due to COVID-19.

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If Steve Earle had never done another album after "Guitar Town" and "Copperhead Road," he'd still have cemented his place in the musical firmament for skillfully creating a ragged and beautiful tapestry from the stray threads of rootsy rock and authentic country. And that may well be why his catalog over the past three decades has been so compelling and satisfying; he has consistently proven that he has nothing to prove. "So You Wannabe an Outlaw" is the latest »»»
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In the Instagram era where people use apps to turn digital snapshots into sepia-toned portraits, Steve Earle's 16th studio release finds its place with an old-school sound. It's a Polaroid of rural country, blues and bluegrass frozen in time. But instead of outdated, it plays on the nostalgia of its modern audience. Named for the 1930s Hudson muscle car model, "Terraplane," the cover is a cacophony of vintage graphics hinting to the fun times that lie beneath. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
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