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Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade

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Item #: 10807070
    Personnel: Steve Earle (banjo); Allison Moorer (vocals); Smokey Hormel (baritone guitar); Jorge Continentino (bamboo flute); Patrick Earle (percussion, background vocals); Petey, Charlie Stavish, Downtown Proletariat Choir, Noah Goldstein, Lee Foster, ......more

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Artist: Earle, Steve
Personnel: Steve Earle (banjo); Allison Moorer (vocals); Smokey Hormel (baritone guitar); Jorge Continentino (bamboo flute); Patrick Earle (percussion, background vocals); Petey, Charlie Stavish, Downtown Proletariat Choir, Noah Goldstein, Lee Foster, Paul Bannister, Collin Hart, John King , Josh Wilbur (background vocals); John Medeski (electric piano, harmonium, organ, Mellotron); Jeremy Chatzky (acoustic bass, electric bass); John Spiker (electric bass, programming); Marty Beller (drums). Additional personnel: Davi Viera (triangle); John Refosco (unknown instrument); Forro in the Dark, Allison Moorer, Smokey Hormel, Jorge Continentino. Audio Mixer: John King . Photographer: Ted Barron. Alt-country king Steve Earle documents some major life changes on WASHINGTON SQUARE SERENADE. In the time between this album and its 2004 predecessor, Earle married singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, and the Texas-bred Nashville rebel moved to New York's Greenwich Village (hence the album title). These alterations are represented by the songs here, including odes to Earle's new home town and love ballads presumably written for Moorer. The album marks a turning point on the sonic level as well. Earle, who says Moorer likened his usual old-school production techniques to civil war re-enactments, enlisted L.A.'s Dust Brothers (of Beastie Boys and Beck fame) to help update his methods. While SERENADE is far from hip-hop, there are some subtle electronic touches amid the rampant rootsiness, and there's more cut-and-paste cerebralism than garage-rock gusto to the arrangements. It all adds up to one small step for Earle, and if not one giant leap for 21st-century Americana, then certainly a lengthy stride.
See Also:
Train a Comin', Exit 0, Jerusalem, Guitar Town, El Corazon, I Feel Alright, Ain't Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection
See Influences:
David Olney, Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard, The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Guy Clark, John Prine, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Waylon Jennings, The Rolling Stones, The Flying Burrito Brothers, David Allan Coe
See Contemporaries:
Uncle Tupelo, Ronnie Fauss, Beat Farmers, Guy Clark, Jason Isbell, Chris Knight (Guitar), Mark Germino, John Mellencamp, Corb Lund, Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers, BR5-49, Lyle Lovett, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Kennedy, Bluerunners, Buddy Miller, John Fullbright, Hayes Carll, Bruce Springsteen, Todd Snider, The Bottle Rockets, Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovedo, Rank & File, The Flatlanders, Joe Ely, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Neko Case, Jason & the Scorchers, The Knitters, Dave Alvin, Bob Schneider, Joe Henry, The Mavericks, The Long Ryders, Dwight Yoakam, Sons of Bill, Son Volt, David Olney, Slaid Cleaves, The Morells
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Tennessee Blues
  2. 2 Down Here Below
  3. 3 Satellite Radio
  4. 4 City of Immigrants
  5. 5 Sparkle and Shine
  6. 6 Come Home to Me
  7. 7 Jericho Road
  8. 8 Oxycontin Blues
  9. 9 Red Is the Color
  10. 10 Steve's Hammer (For Pete) - (For Pete)
  11. 11 Days Aren't Long Enough
  12. 12 Way Down in the Hole
Rock & Pop
Alt Country
New West Records
John King; John King
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
42 : 7
Guest Artist:
Forro In The Dark; Allison Moorer
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t impacts just like any other Steve Earle record -- lyrics first....[With] two fine love songs to Earle's wife, harmony-singing Allison Moorer...." Spin (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s he shows on 'Days Aren't Long Enough' and 'Sparkle and Shine,' the man can still write a damn pretty love song." Entertainment Weekly (p.105) - "SERENADE is awash in unexpected grace notes....A love letter to his new home." -- Grade: B+ Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Layering acoustic and electric guitars over vaguely hip hop beats, much of it sounds like Earle taking stock of his new home and nodding his approval....It's all invigorating, wonderful stuff." Magnet (p.93) - "[T]he most convincing songs on WASHINGTON SERENADE are about love, devotion, messing up, and simply wanting to be heard."
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  • Steve can sing!

    Steve Earle can write, too. His takes on love and life are neither trite nor jaundiced. The man plays wicked good guitar, and his choices of guests on the tracks are right on. This hard core troubadour uses life passages and love as a platform for poetry and magic.

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