- Released: August 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: MCA Nashville
- 1.Guitar Town
- 2.Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)
- 3.Hillbilly Highway
- 5.Goodbye's All We've Got Left
- 6.I Ain't Ever Satisfied
- 7.Nowhere Road
- 8.The Rain Came Down
- 9.The Week Of Living Dangerously
- 10.Continental Trailways Blues
- 11.Six Days On The Road
- 12.Copperhead Road
Personnel includes: Steve Earle (vocals, guitar).
Producers: Tony Brown, Richard Bennett, Emory Gordy, Jr., Steve Earle.
Compilation producer: Andy McKaie.
Recorded between 1985 & 1987. Includes liner notes by Andy McKaie.
This is part of "20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection" series.
Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.
Liner Note Author: Andy McKaie.
Recording information: Memphis, TN (09/30/1985-05/??/1988); Nashville, TN (09/30/1985-05/??/1988).
Photographer: Alan Messer.
The Steve Earle installment of the 20TH CENTURY MASTERS best-of series forgoes Earle's later political material, and instead collects 12 key tracks from the early part of his career when he was battling drug addiction and establishing himself as a maverick Nashville singer-songwriter. Among the cuts are signature Earle tunes such as "Guitar Town," "Someday," and the country-rock anthem "Copperhead Road." While it doesn't offer a complete picture, the set does a solid job of presenting the formative days of this "hardcore troubadour."