581. Steve Earle - Guitar Town (1986)
1. Guitar Town
2. Goodbye's All We've Got Left
3. Hillbilly Highway
4. Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)
5. My Old Friend The Blues
7. Think It Over
8. Fearless Heart
9. Little Rock 'N' Roller
10. Down The Road
So Steve Earle is another of those granddaddy's of alt country, but unfortunately he is no Nanci Griffith, Earle is deriving his influences as much from Bruce Springsteen as from Country music, but that doesn't necessarily make it great.
Don't get me wrong, it is a pretty god album, but it just doesn't add much to country music, the lyrics aren't particularly interesting kind of mimicking the Springsteen thing about driving and blue collared people. Then it sometimes tries to be a bit lighter in a very countrified way which doesn't particularly work that well, such as in Hillbilly Highway...
In the end a good album but nothing interesting enough to bring it above a middling level, some of the tracks are a bit too sappy for their own good, some are a bit too rednecky and some are too Springsteen, but not as good.
1. Down The Road
2. Guitar Town
3. Fearless Heart
4. My Old Friend The Blues
In 2006, it ranked 27th on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music.