As a child growing up in Texas , Earle acquired his first guitar at age 11 and was playing proficiently two years later. Although he showed musical promise, Earle was often in trouble with the law and was disliked by local country music fans because of his long hair and precocious anti- Vietnam War stance. He left home as a teenager to live with an uncle in Houston and dropped out of high school. Making his way to Nashville , Tennessee , Earle sought to establish himself as a songwriter. His career sometimes was sidetracked by drug and alcohol addictions, as well as by several divorces, and he served nearly a year in prison and rehab following his conviction for narcotics possession. His tribute to Van Zandt, titled Townes , earned him another Grammy Award for best contemporary folk album. Earle authored a collection of short stories, Doghouse Roses , and was the subject of a film documentary, Steve Earle: Just an American Boy He also appeared in bit roles in the television dramas The Wire and Treme both produced by David Simon and in the comedy-thriller film Leaves of Grass
The star is survived by his wife and their 3-year-old daughter
Earle 's songs and his approach to performing them run the gamut from country to bluegrass to rock to folk to blues, and his populist lyrical stance, literate yet down to earth, finds room for the personal and the political, writing about the stuff of everyday lives as well as the forces that shape and define their existence. Earle 's naturally rebellious nature had an impact on his personal and professional lives; his most popular and celebrated work has a strong outlaw streak, and his unwillingness to play nice with record companies as well as his struggles with addiction and history of stormy marriages attracted a certain breed of fans while also preventing him from enjoying consistent commercial success. However, his versatility, the strength of his work, and consistent critical acclaim had helped him attract a loyal following happy to follow his stylistic evolution. He staked his claim to country stardom with 's Guitar Town , and took on a harder rock sound on 's commercial breakthrough Copperhead Road.
Times Like These (Acoustic Version)
Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in His breakthrough album was the album Guitar Town. Since then Earle has released 15 studio albums and received three Grammy awards. Earle was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia , where his father was stationed as an air traffic controller. Earle began learning the guitar at the age of 11 and entered a school talent contest at age He moved to Houston with his year-old uncle, also a musician. While in Houston, Earle finally met Van Zandt. In , at the age of 19,  Earle moved to Nashville, Tennessee , and began working blue-collar jobs during the day and playing music at night.
You will be missed dearly. He released eight albums across the course of his career, which saw him honored twice at the Americana Music awards including for his best-known song, Harlem River Blues. He took me on two tours and always treated me so kindly. He understood struggle, he understood joy I saw him at the peaks and valleys of both through the 13 years I knew him. So sad for his family tonight. My friend, Justin Townes Earle, has passed away.