Musician, songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle and his country rock band The Dukes will release So You Wannabe an Outlaw.
So You Wannabe an Outlaw, Earles first album for Warner Bros. Records since 1997s El Corazón, explores his country songwriting roots and features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert.
"Theres nothing retro about this record," Earle says. "Im just acknowledging where Im coming from." So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, TX. Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade. "Look, Im always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do," he says. "And Im always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. Its who I am."
So You Wannabe an Outlaw is an homage to outlaw music and is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings. I was out to unapologetically channel Waylon as best as I could. Earle says. This record was all about me playing on the back pick-up of a 66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly dont sound like Waylon Jennings. I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that Willie Nelsons Red Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town (Earles 1986 chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning debut album) wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs, Earle recalls.
Earle is backed on So You Wannabe an Outlaw by his long-time band The Dukes guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney, and new members drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. The album was produced by Richard Bennett and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin.
1. So You Wannabe An Outlaw
2. Lookin' For A Woman
3. The Firebreak Line
4. News From Colorado
1. If Mama Coulda Seen Me
2. Fixin' To Die
3. This Is How It Ends
4. The Girl On the Mountain
1. You Broke My Heart
2. Walkin' In LA
3. Sunset Highway
4. Goodbye Michelangelo
1. Ain't No God In Mexico
2. Sister's Coming Home / Down At the Corner Beer Joint
3. Local Memory
4. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way