Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane

San Antonio’s Americana savior has flirted with the Blues throughout his three-decade career, but Terraplane marks his first complete baptism into the genre.unnamed-8

While a solid album from start to finish that still sounds very much like an Earle record with his unhurried delivery and pick and strum guitar, the record will take some getting used to for those who don’t know their Blind Willie Johnson from their Blind Lemon Jefferson.

There aren’t too many out there who can seamlessly pull off the jump to Blues, but Earle manages to do it effortlessly on songs like “Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now,” a tune that dares you not to sing the chorus for hours after, or “Baby’s Just as Mean as Me,” a fantastic duet with Eleanor Whitmore.

It may take time for diehard Earle fans to warm up to this one, but its well worth it.

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane/11 tracks/New West/2015

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