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”:


Steve Earle: “We used to make records for girls, now we make ’em for nerds”

Great ‘tween song banter about the vinyl pressing of Earle’s new album from his Tiny Desk Concert on NPR.org. He stopped by their studios to play a handful solo/acoustic numbers from I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, which is due in stores tomorrow (I know what I’m doing during my lunch break). Click on the photo below & you’ll be taken to NPR’s site where you can watch the video and download audio of the session, too.

Steve Earle, Tiny Desk Concert / NPR.prg

When I Fall

Steve EarleMan, Steve Earle‘s new album can’t get here quickly enough. I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (due 4/26) is his first full disc of originals in more than 4 years, and the fact that he’s hooked up with T. Bone Burnett has sold me on it without having heard a note. While combing my iTunes library for some early morning motivation this AM, I came across this fantastic duet with his sister Stacey Earle from his 2000 opus Transcendental Blues. The song made the cut for my best of 2K list for good reason: the melody and sentiment are beautiful, and the mix of Steve’s ragged voice and Stacey’s sharp, sweet tone is fantastic:

If you like “When I Fall,” you’ll love the rest of Transcendental Blues, so head to Amazon MP3 & download it. While you’re there, pre-order I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. If you want a free taste of Alive, visit this page:


and follow the instructions for a free download of single “Waitin’ on the Sky” and a PDF excerpt from his novel also titled I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive the album! I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive the book! I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive the flamethrower! The kids love this one.