Warner Bros. will release remastered versions of six classic Steve Earle albums beginning with a trio of reissues which includes The Mountain, Earle's Grammy-nominated 1999 collaboration with the legendary Del McCoury Band, the Grammy-nominated Transcendental Blues, originally released in 2000, and Earle's 2002 compilation album, Sidetracks. Following will be 2002's Jerusalem, which contains the controversial "John Walker's Blues," Earle's 2003 live set, Just An American Boy, and his Grammy-winning 2004 album, The Revolution Starts Now. This will mark the first time that Sidetracks and Just An American Boy have been released on vinyl.
Steve Earle has turned many musical corners during his illustrious career. He has been equally acclaimed as a folk troubadour, a rockabilly raver, a contemplative bluesman, a honky-tonk rounder, a snarling rocker and even a bluegrass practitioner. 2002's Jerusalem finds the fearless singer/songwriter working in concept album mode, giving his own State of the World Address and waxing provocatively poetic about a post-September 11, 2001 world and the caustic political climate that resulted. However, in the end Earle leaves us with a refreshing message of hope which makes the razor-sharp ride to get there not only timely but well worth it.