Album: The Low Highway
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In the past 15 years or so, Steve Earle has continued to walk his own idiosyncratic path, mixing genre exercises, song cycles and tribute albums — his mentors Towns Van Zandt, Guy Clark & Jerry Jeff Walker, and sadly, his son, Justin Townes Earle — with albums the featured his usual mix of hard rock, folk, country and blues.
So far as I can tell, there hasn’t been a bad one in the bunch, and they contain memorable songs, like “21st Century Blues,” my highlight from 2013’s The Low Highway, and one of the more biting songs Earle has ever written.