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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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  • anaemic_royalty

    Legend! Not many of these guys around anymore.

    14 May 7:29pm Reply
  • catgus

    My next door neighbour,Quasi,has just died. She reported me to the Music Police last year,so to celebrate,Hillbilly Highway was the first track I played full blast!

    8 May 2:44pm Reply
  • Alexsander39

    Очень хорошо,просто класс!!!

    11 Apr 9:55am Reply
  • d1lll1nger


    29 Mar 6:45am Reply
  • BJBooth

    Happy 58th Steve, almost there myself. What a career and a musician

    20 Jan 8:20pm Reply
  • funereal_waif


    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "I don't know what it is. Either I'm on a better lyrical move, or I have less self consciousness. I don't really know what's happening, but whatever it is, I'm just kind of going with it." - When we spoke with Kristian Bush, he had just released his debut solo single, "Love or Money," which he wrote with Matt Thiessen of Relient K. It took them less than 45 minutes, and it sounds like there is a whole lot more to come from Bush, who also talks to us about the Sugarland tracks "Stay," "It Happens," "Already Gone," "Joey" and "Steve Earle," which the country legend did not take very kindly to:

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Furashubakku

    I really like Jerusalem.

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • frisbeer

    So did I! ; )

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    Shame, I actually discovered him thanks to his role in the great HBO series Treme.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • zoarces

    Thank you Steve for sharing your songwriting gift with the world and for bringing so much musical joy to my life!

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • zarqu

    Still rocking hard.

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • zarqu

    Steve is a fucking legend. Too bad I discovered him so late.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Nicolas_R


    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • inkablot

    Loved Steve's appearance on 30 Rock last week.

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • madmac17

    Also saw him in in a club in Vancouver back in '87. 'Twas a rockin' show and he did a kickass version of Dead Flowers. He called it a perfectly good hillbilly song, lol.

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • madmac17

    Saw Steve on the Copperhead Road tour in Halifax. He kicked it out of the arena:) 'Twas nothing short of SPECTACULAR! Oh, and I LOVE VK1990's avatar;)

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • steveearlefan

    The BEST songwriter since Dylan!

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FIRE91103

    awesome man

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
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