Graham Reid | | 1 min read
Because Steve Earle's gritty Copperhead Road of '88 has long been an Essential Elsewhere album there's probably no need to re-address it here. You check this link for the details of why it is such a standout.
But in brief it is that marriage of political and social engagement, an outsider's view of the path most travel, comes with real world drug references and had contributions from the Pogues and maria McKee among others.
It really was a stake in the ground for a more clear-eyed country rock at a time when hat acts were taking over the mainstream. This was music without cloying sentimentality and a challenge to the America he saw around him.
It set him on a path which – aside from that period in jail shortly after – he has maintained ever since.
The reason for mentioning it now is that it is both a Bargain Buy at JB Hi-Fi stores here and yet another album to get into your vinyl collection at a modest price.
It is just $25 at JB in the Back to Black vinyl reissue, and it comes with download code.
A framable cover, exceptional outlaw country-rock with and cheap.
What's not to like?
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