Steve Earle: Bad Ass Mother Fucker

I’m always thrilled whenever I get to work with living legends. One of my big goals is to have a body of work that’s historically significant.

That’s why I was amped to get a call from Guitar Aficionado, asking me to shoot Steve Earle.

I texted his son, Justin Townes Earle, an old friend of mine and someone I've shot a number of times, to let him know I'd be shooting his dad.

It's no secret that Steve has quite the outlaw/bad boy reputation, so Justin did me a solid and sent his dad a “be NICE” text on my behalf... too bad he sent it 45 minutes after we’d wrapped the shoot.

Just as I could have predicted, Steve was a tough cookie. But it didn’t matter. The shoot was fantastic, and I added a country legend to my archives. 


Steve's son, Justin Townes Earle. Crown Heights Brooklyn 2009.