Steve Earle Speaks Candidly of His Life in Music

March 13, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

To write a good song you have to find a connection between what you know and what the audience knows, according to three-time Grammy award winner Steve Earle. “Early on, I wrote a song called “Little Rock on the Road” — about my then 3-year-old son — while I was on the road,” said Earle, in a candid conversation about his life’s highs and lows, part of the Extraordinary Lives series with Bill Kelly, president of the Graduate Center. “Truck drivers would come to me thinking it was about them.” Earle’s singer-songwriter career started with the 1986 release of his debut album, “Guitar Town,” and since then his songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.