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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) : The Low Highway review

Don’t be deceived by the title track opener, a dusty recession road trip blues.

Because this is roots rocker Steve Earle’s most upfront and radio-friendly set since 2004’s The Revolution Starts Now.

Back with his band, Calico Road is a Stones-style stomper, That All You Got? a country-rock romp with songbird wife Allison Moorer.

And 21st Century Blues could be an out-take from the Copperhead Road sessions.

Best are mandolin-driven Down The Road Pt II and the rolling piano and startling guitar of Pocket Full Of Rain.

Catch them live at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on May 20.

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