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Steve Earle: Proud to be an American

Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, 16 April 2004

STEVE EARLE'S career has been one of the most extraordinary in American music. He crashed into country music with his 1986 classic rockin' country album Guitar Town, then spun through a drug-fuelled downward spiral which earned him a prison term in the early '90s. He emerged a stronger man, vocal advocate of free speech persuasively arguing against the death penalty, and a more mature musician who had some real stories to tell.

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