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Plenty of rock and country artists have died too young - Steve Earle, thankfully, is not among them. But it's not like he hasn't tried.
Steve lost a couple of years of his life to addiction, and there was a time when he was sort of a one-man crime wave: Jail time, arrests and charges ranging from weapons and drugs to assault.
To top it off, you could almost field a baseball team with the number of women who call him their ex-husband. But in 1995, Steve staged the mightiest of comebacks: sober and clear-eyed, he transformed himself into a protest singer in the grand tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
He showed up on TV too: On HBO's 'Treme', and as a recovering heroin addict on 'The Wire'. He's written books, a play and a new record, called 'The Low Highway'. A grim portrait of the hard road travelled by America's underclass.