Deluxe edition of 1988 classic
Steve Earle’s last great offering before his descent into hard drugs and the clink, Copperhead Road was where hillbilly country met roughneck rock’n’roll in all its tattoo’d, long-haired glory.
Nashville ignored it, but rock radio jumped all over the title track, Earle turning heads over here with Pogues collaboration “Johnny Come Lately” and scorching anti-gun diatribe “The Devil’s Right Hand”.
But the real selling point here is a second disc of live songs, including eleven unreleased cuts from North Carolina in 1987. Best of the bunch are Rodney Crowell’s “Brown And Root” and a sinewy solo take on “Johnny Come Lately”.
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