Steve Earle
Steve Earle

Steve Earle

About Steve Earle

Steve Earle is a singer-songwriter and actor known for his enduring outlaw spirit and deft musical storytelling, which incorporates country, folk, blues, and rock.

∙ He learned guitar at age 11, then moved to Nashville in 1974, playing bass and writing songs for country icon Guy Clark before eventually moving to Texas.
Guitar Town, his 1986 debut, topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart and was included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
∙ A longtime critic of the death penalty, Earle wrote “Ellis Unit One”—told from a prison guard’s perspective—for the 1995 Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking.
∙ Earle won Grammy Awards for 2004’s The Revolution Starts Now, 2007’s Washington Square Serenade, and 2009’s Townes, honoring his musical mentor Townes Van Zandt.
∙ He had roles in acclaimed TV series The Wire and Treme—the latter earning him a 2010 Emmy nomination for his song “This City.”
∙ In 2017, he made his off-Broadway debut as the narrator in experimental playwright Richard Maxwell’s Samara, for which he also composed the score.

    Fort Monroe, VA
  • BORN
    January 17, 1955

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