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Born Again

Steve Earle has been working his way back to life

Steve Earle now writes prose, poetry and drama, in addition to his music.
Michael Wilson
Steve Earle now writes prose, poetry and drama, in addition to his music.

With this album, Earle has stripped away the intervening years and gone back to the moment when he first laid a needle on a spinning turntable and felt a room fill with hi-fi sound. Before he ran away from home at 13 and promptly got into heroin, before he met "the great teacher and bad role model" Townes Van Zandt, before he had racked up nearly a half-dozen ex-wives, before the "vacation in the ghetto" and his subsequent redemption, and before he watched Jonathan Nobles sing "Silent Night" to his mama and die, there was one immensely talented boy's fascination with the Beatles and their cheery, deceptively simple message of peace and love. For Earle, there's been plenty of blues since that moment of transcendence, and Earle's goal today is to get it back.

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