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Terraplane

A country maverick throws a down-home Texas blues party

Steve Earle

Paul Morigi

Steve Earle

For his 16th album, country renegade Steve Earle gets in touch with the hardboiled blues of his native Texas — not the sad-slurring, throw-yourself-in-the-bayou blues, but the bar-stomping variety. Songs like the scorching "Go Go Boots Are Back" are stacked with the tight musicianship of his longtime band the Dukes, including- vocalist/fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, who duets with Earle on the Western-swing tune "Baby's Just as Mean as Me." Earle lets some darkness creep in on the slow-burning "Better Off Alone" (he recently ended his seventh marriage). But Terraplane is less a soul-searcher than a sturdy vehicle, built to chug through hard times.

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