Steve Earle speaks with Kyle Meredith about Ghosts of West Virginia, his new album inspired by the 2010 West Virginia mining explosion that killed 29 miners. The songwriter/activist shares how the album has its roots in a theatre production called Coal Country, why he wanted to make a record for people who don't vote the same way he does, and his thoughts on unions being the common ground between county factions. Earle goes on to discuss the task of taking all of this information and making it a musical, why he enjoys using ghosts as a writing tool, and the stories on ghost-based movies that he enjoyed in his youth.
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Steve Earle discusses his forthcoming album Ghosts of West Virginia, including songs he wrote for the play "Coal Country." The interview features an exclusive premiere of Earle's song "The Mine," as well as the North American debut of an acoustic version of "It's About Blood."
Legendary singer-songwriter Steve Earle joins us this week for one of the best conversations we've had in years. Over the course of this nearly hour-long chat, Earle talks to us about meeting and working alongside his hero, Guy Clark, how sobriety changed his playing and his ever-growing guitar collection (135+ instruments as of this recording). Earle also discusses overcoming his fear of Telecasters, his love for the guitars of James Trussart, his favorite amps, gambling tips and more. Earle's Guy Clark tribute album, Guy, is out now. We can't recommend it enough. This week's podcast is sponsored by Mono Cases. Check out all their case and pedalboard offerings at monocreators.com. Don't forget to subscribe to the Fretboard Journal Podcast on iTunes and please leave us a review!