“Steve Earle has lived through the sort of horrors that have launched a million country songs: addiction, affliction, heartbreak, even prison. He wears them in his voice, but what’s most appealing about him is the wide-eyed, unmistakable fearlessness with which he goes about his life these days” NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin sing “Tell Moses” and chart the steps in its creation. How they bound Moses, Martin Luther King and Ferguson, Missouri together in words and music, in answer to the question: “What’s to be done?”:
There’s gold in this video too, where Steve talks about his personal songwriting process, and how it has changed over the years:
Here’s Steve again, in his NPR Tiny Desk Concert :
If you’re writing a song in English, you’ll find this radio programme about Steve Earle‘s ‘Songwriting Bootcamp’ in the Catskill Mountains inspiring and useful. I’d go, if I lived a bit nearer the Catskills!
© Sing Better English, 2016