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Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive is the follow up to the Grammy Award winning 2009 release Townes. The 11- track set was produced by T Bone Burnett and is Earles first collection of original material since his 2007 Grammy Award winning, Washington Square Serenade. Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive is pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Writing for Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive began three years prior to the album's release, the longest span of any song cycle in Steve Earles career. The first two compositions were God Is God and I Am A Wanderer, two songs written by Earle for Joan Baez 2008 album, Day After Tomorrow (which Earle also produced). The album also includes the celebrated song This City, written for the HBO Original Series, Treme, which Earle also appeared in as an actor. In 2011, Earle reprises his role of Harley during many episodes of Tremes second season. This City features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has garnered a Grammy Award Nomination in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Category. Additionally, the song also garnered Earles first Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Category. Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive also features Heaven or Hell, a duet with Earles wife, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.
They are all, as far as I can tell, about mortality in one way or the other; death as a mystery rather than a punctuation mark or at least, a comma rather than a period, Earle comments on the songs in the album liner notes.
The title of both Steve Earles album is taken from the Hank Williams song by the same name; the last single released during his lifetime in 1952.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term New Country. What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin (1995),the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive is Steve Earles 14th Studio Album.
"lll Never Get Out of This World Alive is among Earles strongest albums. His vocals are emotionallly powerful, and with its richly drawn lyrics and intricate arrangements its an album you can come back to often and uncover new pleasures each visit." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11
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1. Waitin On The Sky
2. Little Emperor
3. The Gulf Of Mexico
5. God Is God
6. Meet Me In The Alleyway
7. Every Part Of Me
8. Lonely Are The Free
9. Heaven Or Hell (with Allison Moorer)
10. I Am A Wanderer
11. This City