The Mountain (Steve Earle album)

The Mountain
Studio album by Steve Earle
Released 23 February 1999
Recorded 1998
Genre Bluegrass, Country
Length 45:45
Label E-Squared
Producer Steve Earle, Ray Kennedy, Ronnie McCoury
Steve Earle chronology
El Corazón
The Mountain
Transcedental Blues
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The Mountain is the eighth studio album by Steve Earle (backed the Del McCoury Band), released in 1999 (see 1999 in music).

The songs were written by Earle with musical accompaniment provided by the famous bluegrass band of Del McCoury.

The album was a significant departure from Earle's previous work, being the first wholly bluegrass album he had written. Earle made the album as a tribute to the founder of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, who had died in 1996.

The album was nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award in the "Best Bluegrass Album" category (Earle's seventh Grammy nomination). Two tracks from the album were released as singles in the UK: "Dixieland" (distributed to radio only) and "The Mountain" (a commercial release).

A cover of the song The Graveyard Shift is featured on Wanda Jackson's 2012 album Unfinished Business.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Steve Earle

  1. "Texas Eagle"
  2. "Yours Forever Blue"
  3. "Carrie Brown"
  4. "I'm Still in Love With You" (Duet with Iris DeMent)
  5. "The Graveyard Shift"
  6. "Harlan Man"
  7. "The Mountain"
  8. "Outlaw's Honeymoon"
  9. "Connemara Breakdown"
  10. "Leroy's Dustbowl Blues"
  11. "Dixieland"
  12. "Paddy on the Beat"
  13. "Long, Lonesome Highway Blues"
  14. "Pilgrim"


Chart performance

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 19
U.S. Billboard 200 133
Canadian RPM Country Albums 14
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