His politics may be to the left of Che Guevara.
And he's so foul-mouthed that the very religious Del McCoury Band (my favorite Bluegrass artists) quit touring with him a few years back while they were promoting their joint effort, The Mountain (which is EXCELLENT, by the way ... I do not exaggerate when I say that this CD is about as good as it gets in the folk/bluegrass genre).
But whether you agree or disagree with his political views and personal habits, you have to respect Steve Earle's outstanding abilities as a singer and a songwriter:
Steve Earle sings "Copperhead Road" on David Letterman
Steve Earle sings "Hillbilly Highway on Austin City Limits
Steve Earle sings "Fort Worth Blues"
(Earle's tribute to Townes Van Zandt)
Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band Live at Farm Aid
(Watch the whole thing ... it's well worth it)
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
What's Left of Texas?
The Late Great ...
Robert Earl Keen [UPDATED]
That's Right (You're Not From Texas)
Jerry Jeff Walker
... and the Boys
... and Willie ...
The King of Western Swing
Willie & The Wheel
Not-So-Random Thought on a Saturday Afternoon While Listening to a Bob Wills Tribute Album With My Kids ...