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Earle looks at "Times Like These"

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – Steve Earle released a new song, "Times Like These" (Acoustic Version), today on the heels of his acclaimed "Ghosts of West Virginia."

The song was recorded late last week.

Earle said to Spin magazine, "This is a song I wrote for a moment at the beginning of the Trumpian nightmare that I planned on releasing closer to the election, but I reckon its time has come today."

"Times Like These" was originally intended for Earle's next studio album. He was then approached by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, a playwright team who would create "Coal Country," a play with music written and performed by Earle based on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in West Virginia in 2010. The seven songs he wrote and performed in the play lead his new album "Ghosts of West Virginia."

While recording "Ghosts of West Virginia" at New York City's Electric Lady Studios, Earle and his band The Dukes recorded a version of "Times Like These." The full band version of the song will be released as a limited edition 7-inch single on Record Store Day's special "RSD Drop" on Saturday, Aug. 29. Its cover art was painted by Steve Earle and can be seen above.

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