Steve Earle

Stephen Fain Earle (/ɜːrl/) (born January 17, 1955) is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982.

Steve Earle
Steve Earle performing at the Rudolstadt Festival, Germany in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameStephen Fain Earle
Born (1955-01-17) January 17, 1955 (age 66)
Ft. Monroe, Virginia, U.S.
OriginSan Antonio, Texas, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • writer
  • actor
Years active1968–present[2]
Associated acts

His breakthrough album was the 1986 album Guitar Town, the eponymous lead single peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country chart. Since then Earle has released 20 more studio albums and received three Grammy awards, all for Best Contemporary Folk Album; he has four additional nominations in the same category. "Copperhead Road", released in 1988, is his best selling single, having peaked on its initial release at number 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and had a 21st century resurgence, having reached number 15 on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, buoyed by vigorous online sales. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm, The Highwaymen, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Shawn Colvin, Bob Seger, Percy Sledge and Emmylou Harris.[3] He has appeared in film and television, and has written a novel, a play, and a book of short stories.

Earle is the father of late singer-songwriter and frequent collaborator Justin Townes Earle.