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Steve Earle to release So You Wannabe an Outlaw in June

The singer-songwriter pays homage to outlaw country on his new album.

Steve Earle
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Steve Earle and his country rock band The Dukes will release new album So You Wannabe an Outlaw on 16th June 2017 through Warner Bros. Records.

Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the album track Lookin’ For a Woman. Earle’s first album for Warner Bros since 1997’s El Corazon, So You Wannabe an Outlaw explores the singer’s country songwriting roots.

The record 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 he has made in Austin, TX. Earle has lived 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.”

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So You Wannabe an Outlaw pays homage to outlaw music and Earle has dedicated it 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,” Earle recalls.

Earle’s band The Dukes features guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney, and new members: drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson.

So You Wannabe an Outlaw was produced by Richard Bennett and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin.

The track listing for Steve Earle & The Dukes’ So You Wannabe An Outlaw is as follows:

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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 (Billie 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)


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