A couple of weeks ago I interviewed musician, actor, activist, author, poet and playwright Steve Earle. Most of our conversation was published as a feature on BlackBookk, with the death penalty parts running on the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (KCADP) website:
- BlackBook–“Steve Earle lays it down“
- KCADP–“KCADP’s exclusive interview with Steve Earle, winner of NCADP’s Shining Star of Abolition award“
Earle was one of the fastest-talking interview subjects I’ve encountered: a transcript of our 20-minute talk took up nine single-spaced pages on Word. I’d been a casual fan of Earle’s music for years, but when preparing for the interview, I picked up his Washington Square Serenade album, which I’ve been playing almost nonstop ever since, especially “Down Here Below” and “Sparkle and Shine,” which clearly hit me at the right time.