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Steve Earle releases benefit single

Steve Earle has released a single to benefit

Steve Earle has released a single to benefit union workers in Wisconsin through iTunes. Credit: New West Records

Steve Earle is taking his support of unions to the next level, releasing the classic “Harlan Man” from his 1999 album “The Mountain” as a single benefiting the America Votes Labor Unity Fund.

"Unions are a fundamental component of democracy throughout the free world,” Earle said in a statement. “All eyes are on Wisconsin."

“Harlan Man” is a fitting choice, as it tells the tale of a union miner, saying, “I'm a union man, just like my daddy and all my kin, I took a union stand, no matter what the company said, I got me two good hands, and just as long as I'm able I won't give in.”

Considering that Earle has an album of new material, “I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive” (New West), out on April 26, the release of an older song as a single is unusual. However, the Wisconsin protests have touched a nerve with the singer-songwriter, who has dedicated his Sirius radio show, “Hardcore Troubadour Radio,” to pro-union songs in recent weeks.

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