Steve Earle & The Dukes
the country-rock grizzler returns with a cracking blues album featuring his longtime band The Dukes, comprised of Kelly Looney, Will Rigby, Chris Masterson & Eleanor Whitmore - one for fans of seasick steve.
"This is a blues album that opts to boogie rather than weep, celebrate not commiserate, as Earle pours himself into the genre’s tropes: pining for Ms. Wrong (“You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had”); striking a deal down at the crossroads (“The Tennessee Kid”); & splitting a comical he-said, she-said duet with Eleanor Whitmore (“Baby’s Just as Mean as Me”). The Dukes sound like a genuine blues outfit who prevent this brisk record from ever becoming a slog, deftly shifting between gliding, fiddle-accented ragtime & grittier, more rollicking fare" - consequence of sound, "He sounds raw, ragged & real, backed by a band whose time on the road hasn't worn away a looseness that seems to suit these new tunes" - rolling stone.
*** The deluxe version of the album includes 24-bit high-res audio of the album as well as a long form interview between Earle & acclaimed journalist Mark Jacobson, three live, acoustic songs filmed on the porch of House of Blues Studio D & behind-the-scenes short film about the making of the album ***
- BABY BABY BABY (BABY)
- YOU’RE THE BEST LOVER THAT I EVER HAD
- THE TENNESSEE KID
- AIN’T NOBODY’S DADDY NOW
- BETTER OFF ALONE
- THE USUAL TIME
- GO GO BOOTS ARE BACK
- ACQUAINTED WITH THE WIND
- BABY’S JUST AS MEAN AS ME (Featuring Eleanor Whitmore)
- GAMBLIN’ BLUES
- KING OF THE BLUES