The Hard Way (Steve Earle album)

Infobox Album
Name = The Hard Way
Type = Studio album
Longtype =
Artist = Steve Earle

Released = 1990
Recorded =
Genre = Country, Country rock
Length = 55:47
Label = MCA
Producer =
Reviews = *"Allmusic" Rating|3|5 [ link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [ link]
Last album = "Copperhead Road" (1988)
This album = "The Hard Way" (1990)
Next album = "Train a Comin'" (1995)

"The Hard Way" is a studio album by Steve Earle and The Dukes. The album was released in 1990.

Track listing

All songs written by Steve Earle unless otherwise noted.
#"The Other Kind" - 5:09
#"Promise You Anything" - 2:43 (Earle, Maria McKee and Patrick Suggs)
#"Esmeralda's Hollywood" - 6:01 (Earle, Maria McKee)
#"Hopeless Romantics" - 2:45
#"This Highway's Mine (Roadmaster)" - 3:54
#"Billy Austin" - 6:16
#"Justice in Ontario" - 4:47
#"Have Mercy" - 4:41
#"When the People Find Out" - 4:10
#"Country Girl" - 4:11
#"Regular Guy" - 3:17
#"West Nashville Boogie" - 3:09
#"Close Your Eyes" - 4:44


*Steve Earle: acoustic guitar, electric guitars, mandolin, Mandoblaster, 6-string bass, guitar synthesizer on "Billy Austin", percussion programme on "This Highway's Mine", harmonies on "Justice In Ontario" and "Hopeless Romantics"

The Dukes
*Bucky Baxter: Mullins pedal steel guitar
*Ken Moore: organ, synthesizer and string arrangements on "Esmeralda's Hollywood"
*Zip Gibson: electric guitars and vocals
*Kelly Looney: bass and vocals
*Craig Wright: drums

*John Jarvis: piano
*Lester Snell: organ on "When The People Find Out"
*Patrick Earle: percussion
*Stacey Earle Mims: harmony on "Promise You Anything"


*allmusic|id=10:kjfqxqq5ldje|name="The Hard Way"

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