Steve Earle & The Dukes will release So You Wannabe an Outlaw on June 16, 2017 on Warner Bros. Records. Earle’s first album for Warner Bros. since 1997’s El Corazón, Outlaw explores the man’s deep country songwriting roots and features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert.
Earle has a good hi-res pedigree too, with a number of 96/24 releases on HDtracks (a few of them are at 192/24 as well), so we here at HRAC expect Outlaw to follow suit.
“There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” Earle says. “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.” So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording the artist has made in Austin, Texas. (Earle has actually lived in New York City for the past decade.) “Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do,” he clarifies. “And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.”
So You Wannabe an Outlaw is an homage to outlaw music, and is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings. “I was out to unapologetically ‘channel’ Waylon as best as I could.” Earle observes. “This record was all about me playing on the back pickup of a ’66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly don’t sound like Waylon Jennings. I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town [Earle’s 1986 chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning debut album] wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs.”
Earle is backed on So You Wannabe an Outlaw by his longtime band The Dukes: guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney, along with two new members, drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. The album was produced by Richard Bennett, and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin.
This summer, Earle will lead his fourth annual songwriting intensive, Camp Copperhead, in upstate New York from June 26-30, 2017. The all-inclusive, 4-day music vacation and fully immersive learning experience will take place at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, about half an hour west of Woodstock. Primary instructor Earle will be joined this year by special guest instructors Jackie Greene and Dar Williams. Details can be found at camp-copperhead.com.
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks (Covers):
Ain’t No God In Mexico (Billy Joe Shaver)
Sister’s Coming Home/Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Willie Nelson)
The Local Memory (Willie Nelson)
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (Waylon Jennings)
06/30 Big Indian, NY Camp Copperhead
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