Steve Earle has announced the release of a new box set that focuses on three albums recorded in the mid-'90s for Warner Brothers. These three reissues, along with Live at the Polk Theater, a Nashville concert recording from 1995, and a live DVD To Hell and Back taped in 1996 make up Steve Earle: The Warner Brothers Years due June 25 via Shout Factory. The three studio albums -- Train A Comin’, I Feel Alright, and El Corazon -- began a new period in Earle's long career and followed up a period of jail time served for drugs and weapons possession. The stark and acoustic Train A Comin' was nominated for a Grammy award. Emmylou Harris and bluegrass legend Bill Monroe guest on the Live at the Polk Theater recordings.
"I found my voice as a recording artist on those records," Earle tells Billboard, "It was pretty much a flurry of activity; they were the first sort of burst of stuff I did after I didn't do anything for four and a half years. I knew what I was and where I was as a songwriter, even as a drug addict, but I had to sort of start over again and get back to how I wanted things to sound..."