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Steve Earle

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San Antonio TX, United States (1955 – present)

Steve Earle (born Stephen Fain Earle on January 17, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas) is a best known for his music and rock ‘n roll tinged “.” He is also a published writer, a keen political activist (particularly in protesting against the death penalty in the U.S., as in his song “Ellis Unit One” from the movie Dead Man Walking), and has written and directed a play. Earle also had small roles on the HBO television shows “The Wire” and “Treme”. His sister Stacey Earle is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter, as is his most recent wife, Allison Moorer, whom he wed in 2005. His first son from an earlier marriage is the singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, named for Earle’s hero Townes Van Zandt.

Earle was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia, and grew up near San Antonio, Texas. His father, Jack Earle, was an air traffic controller. Although he was born in Virginia where his father was stationed, the family returned to Texas before Earle’s second birthday. They moved several times but Earle grew up primarily in the San Antonio area.
Earle began learning the guitar at the age of 11 and placed in a talent contest at his school at age 13. He is reported to have run away from home at age 14 to follow his idol, singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt around Texas. Earle was “rebellious” as a youngster and dropped out of school at the age of 16. He moved to Houston with his 19-year-old uncle, who was also a musician, where he married and worked odd jobs. While in Houston Earle finally met Van Zandt, who became his hero and role model.

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