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He is a champion of the downtrodden, the voice of the heartland, and one of the founders of Farm Aid.  He has sold over 40 million records worldwide, written anthems such as Small Town and Pink Houses, and recently released the stripped down album, Plain Spoken. All-American rocker John Mellencamp visited with fellow songwriter Steve Earle for an episode of his Hardcore Troubadour Radio show in Outlaw Country, and the conversation turned to the day they met in the mid 1980’s when Earle first hit the scene.

“I remember you at Farm Aid 2. You  were pretty jacked up. Steve came in my bus and I didn’t know this. And he was a kid, and I mean, he did not shut up. Me and the guys were like, man this guy can really lay out some language here,” Mellencamp said.

Earle replied saying, “I played at 10:00 in the morning. In the ’80s I didn’t know what to do at 10:00 AM … I still kinda don’t shut up but it was voice then. It’s just one of those things that I just kind of  learned to write it down and make some of it rhyme. That’s really kind of all I can do.”

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