"Steve Earle" (born Stephen Fain Earle January 17, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter, well known for his rock and country music as well as his progressive political views. He is also a published writer, a political activist and has also written and directed a play. In his early career he was seen as a saviour of country music, and labelled the "new Bruce Springsteen" (even though he's only 6 years younger and hasn't quite achieved Springsteen's level of commercial success).
Stephen Fain Earle was born on January 17, 1955 at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Legend has it that a box of Texas dirt, sent by his grandfather, was brought into the delivery room, so that it could be said that the first soil Earle's feet ever touched was Texan. He was the eldest son of Jack, an air traffic controller, and Barbara Earle. Although his parents moved around the US a lot during his childhood, he spent several of his formative years in Schertz, Texas. He dropped out of school in 8th grade to move to Houston, Texas and learn more about the music business. One summer evening after seeing a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, Earle got in backstage and was given the advice of his life. A story t...