Musician, songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle and his country rock band The Dukes will release their new album So You Wannabe an Outlaw on June 16. The album is available for pre-order via all digital retailers and those who do so will receive an instant download of the album track ‘Lookin’ For A Woman.’
So You Wannabe an Outlaw, Earle’s first album for Warner Bros. Records since 1997’s El Corazón, explores his country songwriting roots and features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Miranda Lambert.
“There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” Earle says. “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.”
So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording Earle has made in Austin, TX after living in New York City for the past decade.
“Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do,” he says. “And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.”
The album is an homage to outlaw music and is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings. “I was out to unapologetically ‘channel’ Waylon as best as I could,” Earle says. “This record was all about me playing on the back pick-up of a ’66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly don’t sound like Waylon Jennings. I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town (Earle’s 1986 chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning debut album) wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs,” he recalls.
Earle is backed on So You Wannabe an Outlaw by his long-time band The Dukes — guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney and new members drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. The album was produced by Richard Bennett and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin.
Earle is currently appearing in the off-Broadway play Samara, for which he also wrote the score, that The New York Times called “exquisitely subliminal.” He is also in the process of writing his memoirs for future publication.
SO YOU WANNABE AN OUTLAW TRACKLISTING
- So You Wanna Be An Outlaw (feat. Willie Nelson)
- Lookin’ For A Woman
- The Firebreak Line
- News From Colorado
- If Mama Coulda Seen Me
- Fixin’ To Die
- This Is How It Ends (feat. Miranda Lambert)
- The Girl On The Mountain
- You Broke My Heart
- Walkin’ In LA (feat. Johnny Bush)
- Sunset Highway
- Goodbye Michelangelo
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks (covers):
Ain’t No God In Mexico (Billy Joe Shaver)
Sister’s Coming Home/Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Willie Nelson)
The Local Memory (Willie Nelson)
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (Waylon Jennings)