Washington Square Serenade

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Washington Square Serenade
Washington Square Serendae.jpg
Studio album by Steve Earle
Released September 25, 2007
Genre Alt-country, heartland rock, Americana
Label New West
Producer John King
Steve Earle chronology
The Revolution Starts Now
(2004)The Revolution Starts Now2004
Washington Square Serenade
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Guardian Unlimited 3/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (5.0/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Uncut 4/5 stars[6]

Washington Square Serenade is the 12th studio album by alternative country singer Steve Earle, released in 2007. The album features the singer's wife Allison Moorer on the track "Days Aren't Long Enough," and the Brazilian group Forro in the Dark on the track "City of Immigrants." The track "Way Down in the Hole," by Tom Waits, was used as the opening theme song for the fifth and final season of the HBO series The Wire, on which Earle plays a recurring character named Walon. The album was released on September 25, 2007, on New West Records. In February 2008 it won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Earle unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Tennessee Blues" – 2:39
  2. "Down Here Below" – 4:02
  3. "Satellite Radio" – 4:09
  4. "City of Immigrants" – 4:18
  5. "Sparkle and Shine" – 3:12
  6. "Come Home to Me" – 3:47
  7. "Jericho Road" – 3:36
  8. "Oxycontin Blues" – 2:54
  9. "Red is the Color" – 4:19
  10. "Steve's Hammer (for Pete)" – 3:15
  11. "Days Aren't Long Enough" (Earle, Allison Moorer) – 3:01
  12. "Way Down in the Hole" (Tom Waits) – 2:55




  • Produced and mixed by John King
  • Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York City
  • Mixed at The Nest, Hollywood, California
  • Engineered by Josh Wilbur & Tom Camuso
    • Assisted by Noah Goldstein
  • Programming by Andrew Clark & John Spiker
  • Logistics - Patrick Earle
  • "Pro Tools Therapy" - Ray Kennedy
  • Mastered - Jim Demain at Yes Master Studios
    • Assisted by Alex McCollough


  • Cover artwork by Tony Fitzpatrick
  • Photos by Ted Barron
  • Design by Dawn Hancock for Firebelly Design

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 10
U.S. Billboard 200 79
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 10