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Steve Earle Biography
Steve Earle (born Stephen Fain Earle) is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author, and actor. He began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982. His breakthrough album was the 1986 album Guitar Town.
Steve Earle Age
Stephen Fain Earle was born in Ft. Monroe, Virginia, U.S. on January 17, 1955. He is 64 years as of 2019.
Steve Earle Family
Earle was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia, where his father was stationed as an air traffic controller. The family returned to Texas before Earle’s second birthday, and he grew up primarily in the San Antonio area. He has a sister Stacey Earle who is also a singer-songwriter.
He began learning the guitar at the age of 11 and entered a school talent contest at age 13. He ran away from home at age 14 to search for his idol, singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Earle was “rebellious” as a youngster and dropped out of school at the age of 16. He moved to Houston with his 19-year-old uncle, who was also a musician. While in Houston, Earle finally met Van Zandt.
Steve Earle Wife
Earle has been married seven times, and twice to the same woman. He married Sandra Henderson in Houston at the age of 18 but left her to move to Nashville. A year later, he met and married his second wife, Cynthia Dunn. His third wife, Carol-Ann Hunter, gave birth to his son, singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.
Next, he married Lou-Anne Gill (with whom he had a second son) and then his fifth wife, Teresa Ensenat, who was an A&R executive for Geffen Records at the time.
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Earle then married Lou-Anne Gill a second time. Later in 2005, he married singer-songwriter Allison Moorer with whom he had a son, John Henry Earle, in April 2010. John Henry was diagnosed with autism before turning 2. In March 2014, Earle announced that he and Moorer had separated.
Steve Earle Career
At the age of 19, in 1974 Earle moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Here he began working blue-collar jobs during the day and playing music at night. During this period he wrote songs and played bass guitar in Guy Clark’s band and sang on Clark’s 1975 album Old No. 1.
He appeared in the 1975 film Heartworn Highways, a documentary on the Nashville music scene which included David Allan Coe, Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, and Rodney Crowell. Earle lived in Nashville for several years and assumed the position of staff songwriter at the publishing company Sunbury Dunbar. Later he returned to Texas where he started a band called The Dukes.
In the 1980s Earle returned to Nashville once again and worked as a songwriter for the publishers Roy Dea and Pat Carter. A “When You Fall in Love”, which he co-wrote was recorded by Johnny Lee and made number 14 on the country charts in 1982. Carl Perkins recorded his song “Mustang Wine”, and two of his songs were recorded by Zella Lehr.
Later Dea and Carter created an independent record label called LSI and invited Earle to begin recording his own material on their label. In 1985, Connie Smith recorded Earle’s composition “A Far Cry from You” which reached a minor position on the country charts as well.
He released an EP called, Pink & Black, in 1982 featuring the Dukes. Acting as Earle’s manager, John Lomax “sent the EP to Epic Records,” and they “signed Earle” to a recording contract in 1983. Again in 1983, he signed a record deal with CBS and recorded a “neo-rockabilly album”.
After losing his publishing contract with Dea and Carter, he met producer Tony Brown he obtained a seven-record deal with MCA Records. Earle released his first full-length album, Guitar Town, on MCA Records in 1986.
His 1990 album The Hard Way had a strong rock sound and was followed by another album called Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator. In August 1991 Earle appeared on the TV show The Texas Connection “looking pale and blown out”. With his extreme increase of drug use, MCA Records did not renew his contract and Earle didn’t record any music for the next four years.
In 1994, two staff members at Warner/Chappell publishing company, and Earle’s former manager, John Dotson, created an in-house CD of Earle’s songs entitled Uncut Gems and showcased it to some recording artists in Nashville. This resulted in several of Earle’s songs being recorded by Travis Tritt, Stacy Dean Campbell, and Robert Earl Keen.
Two years later, Earle formed his own record label, E-Squared Records, and released the album, I Feel Alright, which combined the musical sounds of country, rock, and rockabilly. In 1997, he released the album El Corazon (The Heart) which one reviewer called “the capstone of this [Earle’s] remarkable comeback”.
According to Earle, he wrote the song “Over Yonder” about a death row inmate with whom he exchanged letters before attending his execution in 1998. He made a swooped into bluegrass influenced music in 1999 when he released the album The Mountain with the Del McCoury Band. In 2000, Earle recorded his album Transcendental Blues, which features the song Galway Girl.
In 2010 he was awarded the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Shining Star of Abolition award. Earle has recorded two other anti-death penalty songs: “Billy Austin”, and “Ellis Unit One” for the 1995 film Dead Man Walking.
In 2010–2011, Earle appeared in seasons 1 and 2 of the HBO show Treme as Harley Wyatt, a talented street musician who mentors another character.
He released his first novel and fourteenth studio album, both entitled I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive after a Hank Williams song, in the spring of 2011. The album was released on April 26, 2011, and was produced by T Bone Burnett and deals with questions of mortality with a “more country” sound than his earlier work. During the second half of his 2011 tour with The Dukes and Duchesses and Moorer, the drum kit was adorned with the slogan “we are the 99%” a reference to the Occupy movement of September 2011.
On February 17, 2015, Earle released his sixteenth studio album, Terraplane.
Still, on September 10, that same year, Earle & the Dukes released a new internet single titled “‘Mississippi, It’s Time”. On June 10, 2016, he released an album of duets with Shawn Colvin, titled simply Colvin And Earle, which was accompanied by a tour in London and the U.S.
The following year, Earle & the Dukes released his seventeenth studio album, So You Wannabe An Outlaw. GUY, Earle’s tribute album to his songwriting hero Guy Clark was released on March 29, 2019.
Earle recorded a duet with Shawn Colvin titled Colvin and Earle.(2017)
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Steve Earle among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. He was one of five artists who filed a class-action lawsuit against Universal on June 21, in response to an earlier Times report on the fire.
Steve Earle Net Worth
Earle is an American musician, producer, actor and author who has a net worth of $10 million.