Steve Earle will release his new album, The Low Highway, on April 16. The 12-track album is the follow up to 2011’s GRAMMY-nominated album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and is the first billed as ‘Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses).’ It features his live band, The Dukes, and is Steve’s 15th studio album since his 1986 debut project, Guitar Town.
The Low Highway opens with the title track and closes with the reflective “Remember Me.” The project is Steve’s ‘road record’ as he explains in the album liner notes.
“I’ve been on every interstate highway in the lower forty-eight states by now and I never get tired of the view,” he writes. “I’ve seen a pretty good chunk of the world and my well-worn passport is one of my most prized possessions, but for me, there’s still nothing like the first night of a North American tour; everybody, band and crew, crowded up in the front lounge, eating Nashville hot chicken and Betty Herbert’s homemade pimento cheese, swapping the same tired old war stories half shouted over the rattle and hum of the highway. And I’m always the last one to holler good night to Charlie Quick, the driver, and climb in my bunk because to me it feels like Christmas Eve long ago when I still believed in Santa Claus. God I love this.”
The Low Highway features “Love’s Gonna Blow My Way,” and “After Mardi Grais,” both co-written by Steve and Lucia Micarelli, his co-star in the original HBO Series Treme. The songs were written specifically for the series and a third song, “That All You Got?” was performed by Lucia’s character on Treme and all three appear in recorded form for the first time.
Additionally, on February 19, Steve will release a limited edition 7-inch of the album tracks “Burnin’ It Down” and “That All You Got?” in support of Independent Music Stores. The record is available on red vinyl and is a limited edition pressing of 1,000. Each cover has been hand-signed by Steve and is hand-numbered.
Steve has also signed a two-book deal with Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group. The first book will be a memoir, a book Steve initially swore he would never write, and include three parts. The first part will focus on meeting Townes Van Zandt and their complicated friendship, the second on reaching rock bottom in Nashville and his time in prison and the third on his recovery and return to music. The second book will be a novel.