Steve Earle Heads for the Sticks on 'Calico County' – Song Premiere

Americana renaissance man has new album due April 16th

Steve Earle
Ted Barron
January 30, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Click to listen to Steve Earle's 'Calico County'

Americana's reigning renaissance man Steve Earle does not know how to slow down. Not only is he working on a memoir and a new novel, but his new album with the Dukes (and Duchesses), The Low Highway, is due April 16th on New West Records. Now you can take an exclusive first listen to album cut "Calico County," a barroom stomper about some rough and rowdy characters, whose story Earle tells in a voice as gritty and gnarly as the track's lead guitar riff.

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