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Fans of alternative country artist Steve Earle were treated to a preview of I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, when this song got played on HBO's New Orleans based show Treme several months before the album's release. Earle, who plays a recurring street musician, composed the song especially for the drama series.
Earle recorded the song with producer T-Bone Burnett in New Orleans. The horns were arranged and conducted by influential New Orleans R&B musician Allen Toussaint.
The song features backing vocals by the actor Tim Robbins. Surprised to find the Shawshank Redemption
actor popping up on a Steve Earle album? Robbins does have a musical pedigree - his father Gil was a member of the folk music group The Highwaymen and Robbins himself has recorded his own material
"This City" was nominated for a 2010 Emmy in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category and a 2010 Grammy in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category.
After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.