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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the singer-songwriter and his band features songs used in the Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen play Coal Country, about the deadly West Virginia mine disaster in 2010 that killed 29 people.
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  1. May 22, 2020
    90
    With Ghosts of West Virginia, he's created some of the most eloquent music he's written in two decades.
  2. May 20, 2020
    80
    Ghosts of West Virginia astutely captures and empathically chronicles the lives of people that have suffered through an unspeakable tragedy in an attempt to make a living, day by day, year by year, generation by generation.
  3. May 20, 2020
    80
    Instead of digging up coal like the miners grippingly depicted in these new songs, the Hardcore Troubadour and the Dukes unearth anthemic gems for America's marginalized.
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    May 20, 2020
    80
    For all that Ghosts Of West Virginia is a serious work contemplating a serious subject, there are moments where Earle sounds like he's having more fun than any time since The Mountain. [Jun 2020, p.32]
  5. 80
    It’s a taut and intense collection of songs that connect just as well without the visuals of the play they were predominantly written to accompany. GOWV displays once again that Steve Earle is one of America’s most captivating, unvarnished, provocative and talented singer/songwriters.
  6. May 20, 2020
    70
    The distinctly raw sound is a cross between his usual folk-rock sound, and mountain music with generous hints of bluegrass, an area he explored earlier in his career.
  7. May 21, 2020
    70
    Earle serves here as a trusted travel guide, offering a nuanced portrayal of a time and place (21st-century Appalachian mining) that likely feels a world away for the majority of his listeners.

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