Guitar Town

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For the song, see Guitar Town (song).
Guitar Town
Studio album by Steve Earle
Released March 5, 1986
Recorded Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country rock, Country
Length 34:35
Label MCA
Producer Emory Gordy, Jr., Tony Brown
Associate Producer: Richard Bennett
Steve Earle chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]

Guitar Town is the debut album from singer-songwriter Steve Earle, released on March 5, 1986. It topped the Billboard country album charts, and the title song reached #7 on the country singles charts. Earle was also nominated for two 1987 Grammy Awards, Best Male Country Vocalist and Best Country Song, for the title track.

The album was recorded in late 1985 and early 1986 in Nashville, Tennessee, at Sound Stage Studio. Overdubs were later recorded at Nashville's Emerald Studios. It was one of the first country music albums to be recorded digitally, utilizing the state-of-the-art Mitsubishi X-800. Each of the album's ten tracks was either written or co-written by Earle.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 489 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2012, the album ranked at #482 on a revised list. In 2006, it ranked 27th on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music.

The title track was later covered by Emmylou Harris.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Earle unless otherwise noted

  1. "Guitar Town" – 2:33
  2. "Goodbye's All We've Got Left" – 3:16
  3. "Hillbilly Highway" (Earle, Jimbeau Hinson) – 3:38
  4. "Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)" (Earle, Richard Bennett) – 3:58
  5. "My Old Friend the Blues" – 3:07
  6. "Someday" – 3:46
  7. "Think It Over" (Bennett, Earle) – 2:13
  8. "Fearless Heart" – 4:04
  9. "Little Rock 'n' Roller" – 4:49
  10. "Down the Road" (Tony Brown, Earle, Hinson) – 2:37

Bonus track on 2002 Remastered CD

  1. "State Trooper" [live] (Bruce Springsteen)


The Dukes[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 89
Canadian RPM Top Albums 82


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US
CAN Country
1986 "Hillbilly Highway" 37 46
"Guitar Town" 7 20 7
"Someday" 28 31
1987 "Goodbye's All We Got Left" 8 10


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold March 29, 1999


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Guitar Town - Steve Earle". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  2. ^ "CG: Steve Earle". Robert Christgau. 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 

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Preceded by
Storms of Life by Randy Travis
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 8, 1986
Succeeded by
The Touch by Alabama