Steve Earle’s 33 Best Quotes

Steve Earle is your favorite songwriter’s favorite songwriter. It can also be your favorite actor’s favorite actor.

The artist, born on January 17, 1955, left home as a teenager to find himself. He became a roots singer, creating a mix of American, folk, blues and rock songs, some of which incorporated all of these elements into one track.

His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm, Bob Seger, Percy Sledge and Emmylou Harris, among many others. Earle has also graced the big screen and the small screen, most notably as a character on the acclaimed HBO series. Thread.

The three-time Grammy Award winner has released more than 20 albums, toured the world multiple times, and even fathered a legendary son, Justin Townes Earle (named after his hero, Townes Van Zandt), who is sadly died in 2020. at age 38.

But what does the artist say about life (and death)? About his job? The world in general, love and more?

Without further ado, let’s dive into Steve Earle’s 33 best quotes, shall we?

1. “I grew up in the counterculture. I’m basically a hippie, and I’m basically a folk.

2. “Music had a big influence on me when I was a kid.

3. “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I’m gonna stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.”

4. “For me, religion is an agreement between a group of people about what God is. Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship.

5. “They say death and taxes are the only inevitable things. The truth is you can’t pay your taxes. I did it, and there are consequences, but it’s doable. The death you won’t get out of, and you kind of have to deal with it.

6. “I usually write stories with a beginning, middle and end in four minutes.”

7. “The singer-songwriter has always played music whose style was rooted in the 30s, the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Depression hand.

8. “If I can get out of the way, I can do anything.”

9. “You can’t write if you don’t read.”

10. “I don’t usually read reviews.”

11. “You can go out and find ways to make your own record and get it out now. If you really want to, you can be heard. Keep it simple. Learn how to date and play solo. It’s a very very good thing to learn, if you are a singer-songwriter Don’t be dependent on a band, because you may not always be able to afford one.

12. “Fundamentalism, as practiced by the Taliban, is the enemy of true thought, and of religion as well.”

13. “I’m a country singer, and I’m comfortable with it. But why does a country singer have to play only on country radio or a rock singer only on rock station? I still don’t understand why this is so important.

14. “The idea that the families of murder victims are best served by continuing the cycle of violence is something that I consider not only a lie, but criminal negligence. You lie to the families of victims when you say they will be shut down if they take part in the process and witness the execution of a human being.

15. “Every country that has always been the most powerful country in the world ceases to be the most powerful country in the world at some point.”

16. “I’ve never heard of Wal-Mart being a good neighbor in a town it moved to. »

17. “In fact, in its purest form, Islam is incredibly tolerant. It makes what’s going on in the world really weird.

18. “I mostly read non-fiction, and that’s probably because I’m so insecure about my lack of education and the things I don’t know.”

19. “I always write more songs about girls than anything else.”

20. “New York’s creative core has never been made up of New Yorkers; they are people from all over the world.

21. “We’re so terrified of death in Western culture that we have to invent a myth of an afterlife. I think there’s something to be said about living your life very consciously. that you’re going to die because I think you’re behaving differently. It doesn’t have to be a big negative disappointment.

22. “I love e-books. I can carry the complete works of William Shakespeare with me all the time. Think about it. Whether I’m on a plane or anywhere else. Being able to have a library in your back pocket is basically something which I support.

23. “My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy, the government is me, and if the government kills someone, then I kill someone.”

24. “I think the singer/songwriter genre will be like bluegrass and jazz. You can make a living from it, but it’s not mainstream music anymore.

25. “The human race survived the Inquisition. We can survive. It’s like Anne Frank’s quote: ‘Despite everything, I still believe that people are basically good at hearts. happened, it’s one of the miracles in the world that she said that.

26. “I constantly warn people who are involved in my life that I can busk and make a living. I can pay my rent in New York on the subway, I promise, if I have to.

27. “I don’t really think in terms of obstacles. My biggest obstacle is always myself.

28. “I love Harry Potter. I love these books. It started because I was living with a woman who had children who were between 10 and 7 years old when they moved in with me.

29. “The American criminal justice system is not known for rehabilitation. I’m not sure that as a society we are interested in that concept yet.

30. “All we do as songwriters is rewrite the songs that have impressed us until we find our own voice. It’s part of learning the craft.

31. “Poetry is the hardest thing there is. It fascinates me, so I want to write more about it.

32. “I’ve been on every highway in the lower forty-eight states, and I never tire of the view.”

33. “I’ve never made a record that I’m ashamed of.”

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