(ed: i am a ‘yuge!’ steve earle fanboy..)
Earle – sitting in a chair directly across from me and unable to stay still – shifting his body weight with every sentence and toying with the bracelets on his wrists – also references the few months he spent in prison – his heroin addiction and still-growing 22 years of sobriety and the years he spent touring with Bob Dylan.
The violent contrast of the mountain Earle has climbed and the swamp he has endured led me to state the obvious: ‘The range of experiences in your life must give you a unique perspective on not only our society but all of humanity’.
‘Everyone has a unique perspective’ Earle fired back while almost lunging forward in his seat.
‘I am what I am.
You are what you are.
The guy down the street is what he is’.