Rolling Stone - p.723.5 stars out of 5
-- "Earles knows these songs intimately -- some of the greatest in the folk-country canon -- and delivers them with the ease of breathing, mostly unadorned."
Spin - p.86
"[H]e does his idol justice on this vibrant covers set, delivering supersonic bluegrass and starry-eyed ballads with the same thoughtful finesse."
Entertainment Weekly - p.59
"On his latest album, Steve Earle, who remains Van Zandt's foremost disciple, gives 15 favorites the kind of carefully considered settings they deserve..."
Billboard (p.34) - "Throughout, Earle's shape-shifting voice inhabits the songs just like Van Zandt's own colorful characters inhabit them..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1324 stars out of 5
-- "[A] dream album, full of devotion, care and spirit as he gently caresses new nuances out of even the much-covered and revered 'Pancho & Lefty,' and adds sinister new layers to 'Marie'..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.824 stars out of 5
-- "This is an album of subtlety and reserve, which allows the original emotional intent of the music to speak for itself."
Uncut (magazine)4 stars out of 5
-- "Van Zandt could be both masochistic thrill-seeker and gentle poet, and Earle know his subject from the outside in."
Personnel: Steve Earle (vocals, guitar, mandola, mandolin, harmonica, harmonium, percussion); Justin Townes Earle (vocals, guitar); Allison Moorer (vocals); Tom Morello (electric guitar); Darrell Scott (dobro, banjo); Tim O'Brien (mandolin); Shad Cobb (fiddle); John Spiker (electric bass); Dennis Crouch (bass guitar); Greg Morrow (drums); Steven Christensen (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Ray Kennedy; John King ; Ray Kennedy.
Liner Note Author: Steve Earle.
Recording information: New York, NY; Room and Board, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN.