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1986 – Part 4.4: Steve Earle – Guitar Town

Steve Earle didn’t exist until “Copperhead Road” came out in 1988. But that album was number 3 and he had two albums before.

So say hello to the country rock of “Guitar Town”, released in 1986.

Guitar Town

It’s a country rocker.

The acoustic guitar gives it this Tom Petty and Steve Ray Vaughan feel and the vocal line reminds me of Springsteen.

Goodbyes All We Got Left

Great title, a slow country rocker.

Hillbilly Highway

It’s a skip for me.

Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough)

It’s a good easy listening, a combination of The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and “Desperado” Eagles.

My Old Friend The Blues

Great title but it has no blues and it’s way to country-ish for my liking.

Someday

I like this one, a combination between Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen. And there wasn’t a teen alive who didn’t want to get out of their hometown someday.

Think It Over

It’s got this 60s rock feel like Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. But it’s a skip from me.

Fearless Heart

A 60s country and rock vibe on this. More Tom Petty like.

Little Rock ‘N’ Roller

Not a lot of rock and rolling on this, as it’s a country ballad. The lyrics are descriptive about a truck driver who won’t be home for a while. It’s like a lullaby.

It’s a skip for me.

Down The Road

The embryo of his biggest hit is right here.

Earle was 31 years old when his debut album was released. The dude paid his dues on the live circuit.

And the album had some legs, crawling to a Gold certification in 1999 for sales in the US. Yep, 13 years later.

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