Steve Earle Wins Third Grammy In As Many Tries


At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards this past Sunday, Steve Earle walked away with the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for his album, Townes. But that was not Earle’s first Grammy win. Rather, it was his third win, following a Grammy for his 2004 album, The Revolution Starts Now, as well as for his 2008 album, Washington Square Serenade. Those albums also won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Townes is an album close to Earle’s heart, as it is comprised of songs written by Earle’s friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. 
“This may be one of the best records I’ve ever made,” Earle said of Townes. “That hurts a singer-songwriter’s feelings. Then again, it’s some consolation that I cherry picked through the career of one of the best songwriters that ever lived.”
Townes debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, making it the highest Top 200 debut of Earle’s career. The album also debut at No. 6 on the Billboard Country Chart. The album features guest appearances by Tom Morello, Earle’s singer-songwriter wife Allison Moorer, as well as Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle, who is named after Earle’s mentor.