Townes (New West)
"Pancho and Lefty," "To Live Is to Fly" and "(Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria," which Earle learned directly from Van Zandt, are some of the CD's most evocative numbers. So is "Lungs," an apocalyptic interpretation produced by the Dust Brothers' John King and driven by the searing electric guitar of Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. The song's dark imagery, further fueled by Earle's distorted vocals, lets us know there is still much to learn from the late, great Texas singer-songwriter.
Steve Earle performs July 29 at the Pabst Theater.