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I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is the follow up to the Grammy Award
winning 2009 release Townes. The 11- track set was produced by T Bone Burnett
and is Earle’s first collection of original material since his 2007 Grammy Award
winning, Washington Square Serenade. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is
pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Writing for I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive began three years prior to
the album's release, the longest span of any song cycle in Steve Earle’s career.
The first two compositions were “God Is God” and “I Am A Wanderer,” two songs
written by Earle for Joan Baez’ 2008 album, Day After Tomorrow (which Earle also
produced). The album also includes the celebrated song “This City,” written for
the HBO Original Series, Treme, which Earle also appeared in as an actor. In
2011, Earle reprises his role of Harley during many episodes of Treme’s second
season. “This City” features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has
garnered a Grammy Award Nomination in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture,
Television or Other Visual Media Category. Additionally, the song also garnered
Earle’s first Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Category. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive also features “Heaven or Hell,”
a duet with Earle’s wife, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison
“They are all, as far as I can tell, about mortality in one way or the other;
death as a mystery rather than a punctuation mark or at least, a comma rather
than a period,” Earle comments on the songs in the album liner notes.
The title of both Steve Earle’s album is taken from the Hank Williams song by
the same name; the last single released during his lifetime in 1952.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly
became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by
Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The
Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut
record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and
immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely
exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of
Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995),the
politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning
albums The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and
Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is Steve Earle’s 14th
"‘l’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” is among Earle’s strongest albums. His vocals are emotionallly powerful, and with its richly drawn lyrics and intricate arrangements it’s an album you can come back to often and uncover new pleasures each visit." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11
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1. Waitin’ On The Sky
2. Little Emperor
3. The Gulf Of Mexico
5. God Is God
6. Meet Me In The Alleyway
7. Every Part Of Me
8. Lonely Are The Free
9. Heaven Or Hell (with Allison Moorer)
10. I Am A Wanderer
11. This City