A Modest Proposal

Steve Earle and Allison MoorerDear Steve Earle,

Don’t you think it’s about time for you to finally make a full album of duets with your wife, Allison Moorer? One listen to your new album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, and it was instantly clear to me: rock-solid songwriting abounds, but “Heaven or Hell,” your duet with Moorer, is a cut above. I find your voice to be an underrated instrument, but it shines when given a foil like Moorer’s (the aforementioned “Heaven or Hell” and “Days Aren’t Long Enough” from Washington Square Serenade) or your sister Stacy’s (“When I Fall” from Transcendental Blues). You get better with a partner, she needs great material: it would be a Reese’s peanut butter cup of roots/folk awesomeness. Let’s get on that, hmm?

Love, Sam

P.S. — Anyone need convincing? Here’s a gorgeous acoustic rendering of “Days Aren’t Long Enough”:


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