The Hard Way (Steve Earle album)

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The Hard Way
Studio album by Steve Earle
Released July 1, 1990
Genre Country rock
Length 55:47
Label MCA
Steve Earle chronology
Copperhead Road
(1988)
The Hard Way
(1990)
Train a Comin'
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
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Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

The Hard Way is the fourth studio album by Steve Earle (back by The Dukes), released in 1990.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Earle unless otherwise noted.

  1. "The Other Kind" - 5:09
  2. "Promise You Anything" - 2:43 (Earle, Maria McKee and Patrick Suggs)
  3. "Esmeralda's Hollywood" - 6:01 (Earle, Maria McKee)
  4. "Hopeless Romantics" - 2:45
  5. "This Highway's Mine (Roadmaster)" - 3:54
  6. "Billy Austin" - 6:16
  7. "Justice in Ontario" - 4:47
  8. "Have Mercy" - 4:41
  9. "When the People Find Out" - 4:10
  10. "Country Girl" - 4:11
  11. "Regular Guy" - 3:17
  12. "West Nashville Boogie" - 3:09
  13. "Close Your Eyes" - 4:44

Personnel[edit]

The Dukes

  • Bucky Baxter: Mullins pedal steel guitar
  • Ken Moore: organ, synthesizer and string arrangements on "Esmeralda's Hollywood"
  • Zip Gibson: electric guitars and vocals
  • Kelly Looney: bass and vocals
  • Craig Wright: drums
  • John Jarvis: piano
  • Lester Snell: organ on "When The People Find Out"
  • Patrick Earle: percussion
  • Stacey Earle Mims: harmony on "Promise You Anything"

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