An introspective album that was very much inspired by New York City, Washington Square Serenade is the latest work in the lengthy career of the oft-times controversial Steve Earle. The 12-track set includes a duet with Earle’s wife, Allison Moorer, on the track "Days Aren't Long Enough," and a cover of Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole," which doubles as the theme song for the HBO series "The Wire," on which Earle stars.
Throughout the years, Earle has played the role of chameleon, refusing to be pigeon-holed by the confined of any one musical genre while earning Grammy nominations in a wide variety of categories. Washington Square Serenade finds Earle showcasing a wide array of styles, including blues, country, rock, and even elements of modern hip-hop.
The album’s first track, “Tennessee Blues,” brings Earle full circle as he sings about leaving the “Guitar Town” (Nashville) he wrote about on his first solo album 20 years ago. He celebrates the diversity of his new home, New York City, with “City Of Immigrants,” featuring traditional Brazilian band Forro In The Dark, and pokes fun at himself, and days of past narcotics abuse, on the oh-so-fun “Oxycontin Blues.”
The album was recorded at New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, and is Earle’s first time working with producer John King of The Dust Brothers (Beck, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys). Washington Square Serenade will also be available as a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD, including a walking tour of New York's Greenwich Village area with Earle and a behind-the-scenes documentary, and as a Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl record.
Washington Square Serenade is out September 25 on New West Records.