I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive 4/26
"It's probably the countriest record I've done in a long time," Earle says about his 14th LP, recorded over six days in L.A. and New Orleans with producer T Bone Burnett. Highlights include "This City," a tribute to New Orleans written for HBO's Treme, and "Heaven or Hell," an ominous duet with wife Allison Moorer that he penned for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' scrapped follow-up to 2007's Raising Sand. Says Earle, "It's not a song a husband and wife who want to stay married ought to be singing." Sonically, Burnett added way more reverb to Earle's growl than usual. "I was OK with surrendering control," says the singer. "I wanted to focus on writing the best songs I could."