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recordhead59

recordhead59

May 18, 2015
referencing The Low Highway, LP, Album, NW5073

I just wish the sound quality was as great as the material. This is a terrible muddy sounding pressing.
streetmouse

streetmouse

April 15, 2013
referencing The Low Highway, LP, Album, NW5073

I’ve had an on-again off-again relationship with Steve Earle, but here on Low Highway Steve seems to have learned his lessons, and does what he does best, recording this gem with his road band [The Dukes & Duchesses] ... where he glows like a warm vacuum tube, walks across gilded splinters, and captures songs filled with first person narratives laced with a contradictory strangeness that’s known nowhere else in the world but America.

Some might think his voice sounds road weary, but truth of the matter is, he’s singing with a righteous sense of satisfaction, perhaps a bit bewildered that he’s still running strong after nearly 30 years, while sliding into a groove that reminds me a bit of vintage Leon Russell, infusing a unfamiliar looseness that rides easy, working his visions into your very bones, coming off like a backroads trucker totally raptured by the scenery and the all encompassing cloud visions. Low Highway is Steve rolling down the highway compartmentalizing his memories, mixing them with his dreams, setting them to a snappy snare drum, a strumming acoustic guitars that morph into full fledged electric rockin’ outings, and it’s all smothered with a sensational fiddle, great harmonies, and an accordion that doesn’t stand so much in stark juxtaposition as it creates an undercurrent for everything to ride on.

This is an album that will resonate deeply ... bringing a sly smile to your face as you turn on your heels with everyone watching, fumble with the lock to your Firebird, and pop the clutch knowing the low and easy afternoon belongs to you.