Steve Earle & The Dukes :: Terraplane


steveearle-terraplane-coverTerraplane is de auto waar blueslegende Robert Johnson een onvergetelijk liedje over schreef en dus een passende titel voor de titel van de eerste blues-CD van Steve Earle. Een monsterlijk goede plaat omdat Earle de blues ruim interpreteert. Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde is een inspiratiebron, maar ook Lightnin’ Hopkins en Z.Z. Top. Earle is beter bij stem dan ooit, is grappig en speelt gedrevener gitaar dan ooit. Terraplane is een geweldige manier om je zevende echtscheiding te ‘vieren’. Een serieuze kandidaat voor de onderscheiding plaat van het jaar 2015.

Terraplane takes its title from the 1930s Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit model, which also inspired the Robert Johnson song “Terraplane Blues.” It is Steve Earle’s 16th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut Guitar Town. As its title suggests, the album is very much a blues record, a third of which was written while Earle toured Europe alone for five weeks with just a guitar, a mandolin and a backpack. Earle, who was raised outside of San Antonio before migrating to Houston, offers about Texas blues, “There was Fort Worth where the model was Freddy King, and there was the Houston scene which was dominated by Lightnin’ Hopkins. Two very different styles.” He saw both of these giants, and was also exposed to Johnny Winter, Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Billy Gibbons, all of which make their influence heard here within Earle’s masterful storytelling.
Earle states in the Terraplane album liner notes, “…the blues are anything but superficial. In fact, they run so deep and dark and close to the bone that folks walk around everyday with the blues as though it were perfectly natural for a human being to go on living with a broken heart (apologies to Tony Kushner).” He continues, “For my part, I’ve only ever believed two things about the blues: one, that they are very democratic, the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share and two, that one day, when it was time, I would make this record.”


1. Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
2. You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had
3. The Tennessee Kid
4. Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now
5. Better Off Alone
6. The Usual Time
7. Go Go Boots Are Back
8. Acquainted With The Wind
9. Baby’s Just As Mean As Me
10. Gamblin’ Blues
11. King Of The Blues

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