Alt-country kingpin Steve Earle not resting on his laurels 

Alt-country kingpin Steve Earle could easily rest on his award-winning laurels.

Not only did he snag a 2009 Grammy for “Townes,” his tribute to his songwriting hero, the late Townes Van Zandt, he’s just been nominated this year for his song “This City,” featured in the HBO series “Treme” (in which he also played the character of Harley, a role he’s reprising in the upcoming second season).

“This City” even earned an Emmy nomination for the Texas-bred, Nashville-schooled, recent New York transplant. Enough to relax and catch your breath, right?


Earle is back on two fronts this spring.

He’s finally finished his years-in-the-making novel, “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive,” revolving around the tragic character of Doc Ebsersole, who’s haunted by the ghost of his most famous patient, Hank Williams.

The title refers to the last song Williams ever wrote before his passing in the ’50s, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s street date for the book is May 12. But on April 26, the singer is releasing a new album of the same name via New West, featuring equally grim, mortality-themed material, plus a duet with his wife, Allison Moorer.

The record was produced by T. Bone Burnett.

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