Following up his new album and his debut novel, sharing the title I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, country legend Steve Earle dropped by the KEXP studio to talk about both and play a few songs live. The album, which takes its name from the last single Hank Williams released before he died, is Earle’s first collection of new songs in four years, following more immediately his 2009 tribute album, Townes, and contains the same type of politically and socially charged topics his fans have come to expect — “The Gulf of Mexico” is a troubadour’s tale recalling the BP oil spill; “Little Emperor” could apply to pretty much any political leader today; and “This City” is a defiant ode to New Orleans and the resilience of its inhabitants post-Hurricane Katrina. Ever the articulate if not loquacious guest, Steve Earle talked about both the album and book and other projects he’s working on in this intimate, one-on-one session with KEXP’s Stevie Zoom. Check out the videos here:
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