Kevin Bryan’s record reviews
Steve Earle & The Dukes, “Terraplane” (New West Records)­ Steve Earle may have been one of the founding fathers of the alternative country movement but this instinctively contrary character now feels that the time is right for him to explore the earthy delights of the blues. “Terraplane” is the result, and this darkly compelling set provides a rewarding outlet for Steve’s creative impulses as he examines the vagaries of the human condition via stand­out tracks such as“Better Off Alone” and the semi­spoken “The Tennessee Kid.

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