Spotlight on Country Music Month: Outlaw Country

The Spotlight

October, in addition to being the month of Halloween, the start of fall and playoff baseball, is also Country Music Month.  This week, we are shining the Spotlight on some of our favorite country music to get you in the mood.  We’re kicking things off with classic alt-county figurehead Steve Earle.

Steve Earle‘s career has had its ups and downs but through it all it’s been his love for music that has pulled him through.  The strength of Country music lies in its  storytelling and conveying of honest emotion.  And the stories are usually backed up by the singer’s  own history. Through the tales they tell in their songs, country stars like  Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson all created larger than life personas for themselves through there music.

Steve Earle certainly had his own story too – he famously recessed into drug abuse and was imprisoned for two years in the early90’s, only to emerge a clean and reformed man – and while his songs generally aren’t autobiographical works, they are all informed by his life experience. It seems as though Country artists are unique among musicians in that they often  get better as they get older.

Check out this cut from Steve Earle‘s newest album I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive.

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