Iconic songwriter Steve Earle has returned with a cover of the late Guy Clark’s “L.A. Freeway.” This is the second single to be released from Steve Earle And The Dukes’ upcoming record of Clark covers, ‘GUY’, which is slated for release in March.
Earle’s version of “L.A. Freeway” revamps Clark’s iconic track and adds a new base and concoction of ingredients. Its sound is silky and collective, thorough and smart. The additional of the pedal steel is a smart and classy way to differentiate it from the original.
‘GUY’ will be Steve Earle’s 19th studio record, but the second collection of covers following 2009’s ‘TOWNES’, which honors another songwriting paragon, Townes Van Zandt. Earle credits Clark and Van Zandt as pivotal mentors — his own personal Kerouac and Ginsberg — and rightfully so because TOWNES earned him a third consecutive Grammy win following 2004’s The Revolution Starts…Now and 2007’s Washington Square Serenade.
Check out the cover of “L.A. Freeway” below, where you can also hear Earle’s first single from GUY, “Dublin Blues.”