“It’s easy to confuse the performance with the man giving it, but isn’t that who Steve Earle really is? … When people come out on the other side actually learning something and sustain that newfound knowledge over many years, you tend to listen to them. That’s why Earle’s new album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, is so effective” – Consequence of Sound (April 27, 2011)
”Steve Earle has never been one to pull his punches…subtlety has never been the name of the game. Nothing’s changed this time around, and the release of I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive with songs like “Little Emperor” — Earle’s final kiss-off to the Bush era — and the Woody Guthrie-inspired “Gulf of Mexico” show that recent successes evidenced by Grammy and Emmy awards, a celebrated acting career and a soon-to-be-released novel have done nothing to dull his wicked edge. For longtime fans, that can only be a good thing.” – Paste (April 25, 2011)
Steve Earle and his electric-live band The Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer stops at The Shedd Institute Friday, July 1 on tour in support of the April 26 release of I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Earle's novel sharing the same name hits stores May 12.
Earle, often described as a master storyteller, has released 13 studio albums crossing several genres of music including bluegrass, roots rock, folk and country, since 1986's Guitar Town. The album's title track peaked at No. 7 on the US Country chart. He went on to release such hits as "Nowhere Road," "Copperhead Road" and "The Other Kind." Rolling Stone magazine named Earle Country Artist of the Year in 1986. He's received three Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Folk Album for The Revolution Starts Now (2005), Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Washington Square Serenade (2008) and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Townes.