Stephen Fain Earle, 17 January 1955, Fort Monroe, Virginia, USA. Earles father was an air-traffic controller and the family was raised in Schertz, near San Antonio, Texas. Earle played an acoustic guitar from the age of 11, but he also terrorized his school friends with a sawn-off shotgun. He left home many times and sang Help Me Make It Through The Night and all that shit in bars and coffee houses. He befriended Townes Van Zandt, whom he describes as a a real bad role model. Earle married at the age of 19 but when his wife went with her parents to Mexico, he moved to Nashville, playing for tips and deciding to stay. He took several jobs to pay his way but they often ended in arguments and violence. He appeared as a backing vocalist on Guy Clarks 1975 classic Old No. 1, before signing a publishing contract with Sunbury Dunbar. Elvis Presley almost recorded Mustang Wine, and Johnny Lee had a Top 10 hit in...
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