Steve Earle on Air America

by Chris Bertram on April 17, 2005

I’ve been working my way through the archive of Steve Earle’s radio show on Air America. The sound quality is variable, but the content isn’t and they’re great for burning to CD and listening to when driving places. My favourite so far is with Emmylou Harris as guest. She chooses a variety of political songs including Johnny Cash’s Ballad of Ira Hayes, Joan Baez’s Birmingham Sunday and Woody Guthrie singing Plane Wreck at Los Gatos. Plane Wreck is a good song to hear at any time, but, here in the UK, with the parties competing to stigmatize the “economic migrants” (such as the cockle-pickers who died at Morecambe Bay) it has an immediate relevance. Recommended.

[Update: the server for the archive seems to be down because of exceeded bandwidth. This is probably due to the link here — sorry! I’ve deleted the link, but those who want to should try googling for it in a couple of days.]



pedro 04.17.05 at 11:35 am

Thank you, Chris!


Jayanne 04.17.05 at 12:36 pm

Thank you for the links. Yes, Plane Wreck is always good and yes, partisan discussion on immigration (not just “economic migrants”) is a disgrace. The polls aren’t helping either: they ask (I get asked) how well the parties are “dealing with” immigration; it’s fairly clear that “very well” means “very good at stopping it” and “very badly” means letting some people in…


Troutsky 04.18.05 at 10:37 am

Here in the Home of the Brave weve traded” give us your huddled masses” for militia ,I believe they call themselves the Minutemen, self deputized vigilantes, guarding the frontier borders of Arizona in Patriotic defense of our pure bloodline. Of course Americans don’t need much excuse to dress up and carry a loaded weapon.You should see the “civil war re-enactment’ crowd on a warm April Saturday!

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