Steve Earle is an award-winning country music singer and songwriter, an actor who guest-starred on the HBO series The Wire, and now Earle is a novelist.
Earle’s first novel I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive tells the sad story of Doc Ebersole, one of the last people to see Hank Williams, Sr. (the legendary country music singer) alive, and the doctor rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him. It should be noted, Hank Williams Sr. sang and recorded a song titled I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive.
A brilliant excavation of an obscure piece of music history, Steve Earle’s I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive is also a marvelous novel in its own right, a ballad of regret and redemption, and of the ways in which we remake ourselves and our world through the smallest of miracles.
In an early review of Earle’s novel, The Boston Globe wrote, “”Earle has always told a great story in song…Turns out he puts ’em down on the page pretty well, too.”