17 January 2011

This Day In Rock History: 17 January

The happiest of birthdays to Stephen Fain "Steve" Earle, born this date in 1955. The Texan singer-songwriter continues to be prolific in a number of areas of the arts as a musician, actor (The Wire and Treme) and playwright.

If you haven't had the pleasure of delving into Earle's music, TNOP suggests you start with these superlative albums: Guitar Town (1986); I Feel Alright (1996); and Transcendental Blues (2000). You'll hear a full spectrum of influences from rockabilly to Celtic to honky tonk to folk.

In celebration, here's a vintage Earle performance from 1996:

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