Steve Earle

Induction Year: 2020

Birth Name: Stephen Fain Earle

Birth Date: 01-17-1955

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Texas

Steve Earle grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he began playing guitar at age 11. Dropping out of school at age 16, he moved to Houston.

In 1974, Steve moved to Nashville, where he worked blue-collar jobs by day and played music by night before landing a gig playing bass in Guy Clark’s band.

Ever restless, Steve formed his own band, The Dukes, in 1982 — the same year that Johnny Lee took Steve’s self-penned “When You Fall In Love” into the Top 20.

Moving on from his previous publishing- and record- deals, Steve released his first full-length album on MCA in 1986. The title track, “Guitar Town,” reached the Top 10 that year, followed by another Top 10, “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left,” the next year.

In 1987, Steve’s “I Ain’t Ever Satisfied” reached #26 on the Rock chart. In 1988 – the year Patty Loveless reached #2 with Steve’s “A Little Bit In Love” – he hit #10 on the Rock chart with “Copperhead Road,” the title track of his landmark album.

Other classic songs from Steve’s pen include “My Old Friend The Blues” (also recorded by T. Graham Brown, Joe Nichols, The Grascals), “Nothing But A Child” (also recorded by Nicolette Larson, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack), “The Devil’s Right Hand” (also recorded by Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger) and Miranda Lambert’s Top 20 hit “Kerosene.”

"A Little Bit In Love"

Steve Earle1985 
Patty Loveless1988 #2 Country

"Back To The Wall"

Steve Earle1988 #20 Rock

"Copperhead Road"

Steve Earle1988 #10 Rock
Billy Burnette1999 
David Lindley2007 
Travis Tritt2009 

"Galway Girl"

Steve Earle & Sharon Shannon2000 
The Punters2003 
The Elders2004 
The Fenians2007 
Mundy & Sharon Shannon2008 #1 Ireland
Mike Denver2010 
The Irish Tenors2010 
Celtic Thunder2011 
Foster & Allen w/ Shayne Ward2013 
Johnny Logan2013 
The High Kings2013 
Damien Leith w/ Sharon Shannon2015 
Old Goat2015 

"God Is God"

Joan Baez2008 
Steve Earle2011 

"Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)"

(written with Richard Bennett)

Steve Earle1986 
Sawyer Brown1989 
Confederate Railroad1998 

"Goodbye's All We've Got Left"

Steve Earle1987 #8 Country

"Guitar Town"

Steve Earle1986 #7 Country
Emmylou Harris1992 
Willie Heath Neal2001 

"Hillbilly Highway"

(written with Jimbeau Hinson)

Steve Earle1986 #37 Country
Ricky Skaggs1997 
Miranda Lambert2006 

"I Ain't Ever Satisfied"

Steve Earle & The Dukes1987 #26 Rock
Brother Phelps1995 
Gretchen Peters1996 


(written with Miranda Lambert)

Miranda Lambert2006 #15 Country

"My Old Friend The Blues"

Steve Earle1986 
The Proclaimers1988 
Eddi Reader1992 
T. Graham Brown2003 
Joe Nichols2005 
Patty Loveless2005 
Percy Sledge2009 
The Grascals2010 
Janie Fricke2015 

"Nothing But A Child"

Steve Earle1988 
Nicolette Larson1989 
Kathy Mattea1993 
Lee Ann Womack1998 
Donnie Munro1999 
Robin & Linda Williams2005 
John Gorka2007 

"Nowhere Road"

(written with Reno Kling)

Steve Earle & The Dukes1987 #20 Country
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson1996 


Steve Earle1986 #28 Country
Shawn Colvin w/ Mary Chapin Carpenter1995 

"Sometimes She Forgets"

Martin Delray1992 
Stacy Dean Campbell1995 
Steve Earle1995 
Travis Tritt1995 #7 Country

"Sweet Little '66"

Steve Earle & The Dukes1987 #37 Country

"The Devil’s Right Hand"

Waylon Jennings1986 
Steve Earle1988 
Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks1992 
Barrence Whitfield w/ Tom Russell1994 
The Highwaymen1995 
Johnny Cash2003 
Bob Seger2014 

"The Other Kind"

Steve Earle & The Dukes1990 #37 Rock
Brother Phelps1995 

"When You Fall In Love"

(written with John Scott Sherrill)

Johnny Lee1982 #14 Country

Steve Earle

Induction Year: 2020