Guitar Town (song)

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"Guitar Town"
Single by Steve Earle
from the album Guitar Town
Released June 2, 1986
Genre Rockabilly, Americana
Length 2:33
Label MCA
Writer(s) Steve Earle
Producer(s) Emory Gordy, Jr., Tony Brown
Steve Earle singles chronology
"Hillbilly Highway"
"Guitar Town"

"Guitar Town" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Steve Earle. It was released in June 1986 as the second single and title track from the album Guitar Town. The song reached number 7 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.[1] It was Earle's highest peaking song to date on the country charts in both the U.S. and Canada.

Critical reception[edit]

Kip Kirby, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Earle "revives the tremolo-laden guitar sound of the early '60s for this song about music and love on the road."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Gerry Wenner and premiered in mid-1986.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 7
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 7


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 113. 
  2. ^ Billboard, June 7, 1986