A couple of weeks ago, finally giving in to JL’s demand that I watch The Wire (more on that later), I picked up Season One on DVD. And who shows up, halfway through, but Steve Earle, as a recovering addict. He’s pretty good—he’s clearly got the background for the role.
Though he’s been in the news more over the past few years over his political songwriting (and the fuss over John Walker’s Blues seems especially silly now), my favorite Steve Earle was the mid-90s model, the one who was just out of prison and writing songs like his life depended on it. Here’s a good document from that period: