HELP! - Steve Earle is Being Ripped Off!

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Nick G Jax FL

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Feb 7, 2006
 
Yet another young country artist is ripping Country Rocker Steve Earle.
If you listen to Miranda Lamberts latest single out on the air "Kerosene," it sounds a lot like Steve's "Feel Alright."

She uses some of the same phrases and it's even in Steves style. Does anyone know if she asked to do this or does she have the right to do this? I've been listening to Steve Earle for more than 18 years - and just hate to see another snot nosed brat break into the music scene while ripping off another artist...and of course no one mentions it on the air - nothing! New country - for the most part -sucks anyways - but this takes the cake. Anyone care to comment? I'd love to hear anyones thought on this .
Peace - Nick
sean

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Feb 28, 2006
 
while i agree that the song 'kerosene' sounds a lot like something steve earle would do, i don't nesesarily see it as a bad thing.

I have been listening to steve earle since i was a little kid. I have listened to country music to for most of my life, but lately, it sucks. Where i live i never even hear steve earle on radio. I think that artists should learn from his style, and then country radio would rock!
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Mar 14, 2006
 
I just discovered this and looked it up. Some places give Steve Earle a co-author credit on Kerosene. Others don't. I can't seem to get a definitive answer (probably only could by buying the CD and checking the credits). I actually thought it was a cover, until I noticed the words and chorus were entirely different....
Sue

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Apr 1, 2006
 
I love Steve Earle and like Miranda Lambert's song "Kerosene". I do think the "Ha" in the song reminds me of Steve's work. Steve's music is tough and to the point, which is also a similarity I notice in her music. I don't have her album so I guess I will have to listen more closely to see if it sounds alot like Steve's "I Feel Alright". But "I guess I'd just be jealous if I didn't wish her luck!" Sound familiar? I really don't think an artist music should sound just like another, but I'm not sure that this may happen always intentionly. If it has happend here. Again, I guess I have to listen more closely. That's my opinion.
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Jul 3, 2006
 
I have been a Steve Earle fan for many, many years. It seems odd to be proud of an individual that you really don't know, but proud I was when I bought the "I Feel Alright" album. It was truly Earle's rising from the ashes. This Miranda Lambert issue, sadly, will likely never be resolved. It is a definite, 100%, no-questions-asked rip-off, but she seems to fit into that Nashville machine that only runs on marketable musicians who call themselves artists. Many of whom wouldn't be where they are had it not been a really amazing marketing effort. Some gifted songwriters need artists to convey their work, but Earle has already done it. At least mention his name!!!

Like Steve Earle said himself about John Walker's Blues, if Toby Keith wrote this song, this would be a different story. Obviously whoever produced this song knew that this plagiarism would likely never come to light because of how the industry looks at Earle. The more we talk about it here and everywhere, the closer we come to exposing the truth.
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Sep 25, 2006
 
Miranda ripped off the song and released it without credit to Steve Earle. The Earle camp sued, the Lambert camp did not contest, and now Earle is credited with a 50% cowrite, and all the financial reward of that cowrite that comes from a hit song... not that Steve Earle needs it or cares. He seems to have better concerns than Miranda Lambert, thank God. That'll leave her to carry on her adulterous affair with another successful Country artist and wreck a few more homes. She's off to a great start in the industry.
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Oct 14, 2006
 

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Let's see..."Amerika 6.0"sounds like "Jumpin' Jack Flash"...hmmm. Steve Earle has wrecked more marriages,lives,homes,cars,him self... hell he makes David Allan Coe look like an angel. Steve's a nice guy in spite of his faults. As I'm sure Miranda Lambert is probably a great girl in spite of hers. And I'm sorry to inform you,the only original songs come from the blues. Everything ever since is a rip off. So if Miss Lambert had to give credit to Steve Earle as a songwriter,then Steve should do the same for Jagger-Richards,even though they don't need it. Or care.
Sandy

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Oct 17, 2006
 
Actually, it's been strongly argued that most all modern music was derived from jazz. I am not a big fan of jazz, but a huge fan of music. Music as it is created and why. It does not matter from what genre, but how it is presented and how it makes us feel. Though, at most I would say there are a couple of similarities between Amerika 6.0 and Jumpin' Jack Flash, like they both have a beginning and an end. I am glad to see that Lambert will not profit exclusively for Earle's work. How stunned can you be when you site Steve Earle as one of her idols, and then rip his song off. Wise!
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Oct 23, 2006
 
Most Country and Rock DID come from the blues dear. I still think it's very small of anyone to want to see somebody sued for "borrowing" a melody. Listen to the intro of "Amerika version 6.0"(a song I dearly love)the intro is lifted from "Jumpin' Jack Flash". I do agree that Miranda's melody sounds like "I Feel Alright". So what? It should flatter Steve that she likes him that much. And I do think it is probably right that he got credit for writing the melody. But he should do the same for Jagger-Richards,people that he himself has said influenced him. I was just turned off by the personal attacks on Ms. Lambert from some on here. Most entertainers are not the people we hope for them to be,including Mr. Earle. Most entertainers are selfish,self absorbed and they certainly don't live llike the everyday man does. That's just a fact,not a slam. I'm a huge Steve Earle fan but I don't think he's in no way perfect-which is why I like Steve. And Miranda Lambert.
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#10
Dec 31, 2006
 
Miranda Lambert is a THIEF!!!

My band does the song Kerosene. It wasn't until I saw the movie "Taledega Nights" that I had heard the Steve Earle song. It is a clear RIPOFF. Being a songwriter myself, it is scary. If they can do it to Steve Earle they can do it to ANYONE...HA!!!
Chuck

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Dec 31, 2006
 

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By the way, it isn't just the melody that's been stolen...

It's the the entire song structure!

Intro
Chord progression
Arrangement
Hamonica solo
And yes even the "HA"
ONLY THE LYRICS ARE CHANGED

Usually this is known a "parody"...when the song is properly attributed to the original author!

It's embarrassing and ridiculous that anyone would even try to defend it. If this isn't plagiarism then the word has NO meaning! It's sickening!!!
Sue

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Jan 6, 2007
 
I guess I mean compliment, not flattery, but I do believe they probably have similiar meanings in the dictionary.
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Jan 9, 2007
 
Although I have given Miranda Lambert heat over "Kerosene" and its likeness to "I Feel Alright", it is the producers that usually finish these songs and project them with that Nashville sound. However, if this is the case, then this case speaks volumes about the music industry, in that it is just that; an industry.

Songs that are made from formulas and arranged in marketable fashions to give them best shot at being profitable do not seem like art to me. This is where the artist and the musician parts ways. There are artists who make music and then there are musicians who play other people's music. A la Miranda Lambert.

Lambert is in the business, Steve Earle is an artist.
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Feb 12, 2007
 
It's funny how I thought the same regarding song similarities when I first heard "Kerosene". Although it was a blatant theft on "I feel alright", it was possibly the ONLY song on the radio that I narrowly liked at the time.

Country radio, simply put: sucks. As stated in the above posts, the commercialism and lack of artistry which is abundant in nearly every song on the air is indicative of the all-time low we have reached in the form of intelligent entertainment.

Thank god for XM radio and its "X-Country" station. That is where you will the likes of Steve Earle and hundreds of other musicians that are not in the mainstream.

Some of the songs that I catch on regular country radio...jeees...it's like "feel-good shock country". Just like Marilyn Manson employs outlandishly inappropriate measures to capture attention - the nashville factory churns out song after song of mindless attempts at capturing the hearts of what I call Stupid America...I can no longer subscribe to anymore "i'll wait for you", "I saw her first" etc etc etc.

Are we so low on the intelligience chain that we actually buy into this insanity??
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Mar 24, 2007
 
I have a question that I would really like to know the answer to! Does anyone know the lyrics to the country song "I loved her first", or where I could get them? I googled them, but it didn't come out! Thanks
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#19
May 7, 2007
 
long live mr.steve earle!! and thank-you sir for all the entertainment you have given me..enjoy it all

Since: Sep 07

Kyle, Texas, live now in MN

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Oct 2, 2007
 
you guys are all so right, i've lost heart with so much country music thse days, esp. the new young male singers. to me, they all look alike, they all sound alike, they must come out of some machine somewhere....there are so many reasons i love Steve Earle and his music, his incredible song writing, his passion, his obvious joy at just being on stage, true we may not have the same political views, but to me he is far and away the best songwriter an singer around today..and, i pray we have him another 50 years! Keep rockin' Steve and, i know i say this all the time, but please come back to Minneapolis! we love you!

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Kyle, Texas, live now in MN

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Oct 26, 2007
 
double standard police wrote:
Let's see..."Amerika 6.0"sounds like "Jumpin' Jack Flash"...hmmm. Steve Earle has wrecked more marriages,lives,homes,cars,him self... hell he makes David Allan Coe look like an angel. Steve's a nice guy in spite of his faults. As I'm sure Miranda Lambert is probably a great girl in spite of hers. And I'm sorry to inform you,the only original songs come from the blues. Everything ever since is a rip off. So if Miss Lambert had to give credit to Steve Earle as a songwriter,then Steve should do the same for Jagger-Richards,even though they don't need it. Or care.
oh, come on....David Allen Coe??? I like his music, too, but Steve Earle is the greatest songwriter alive today and should be given credit for all he has endured and overcome...i speak from personal experience, as a recovering addict myself, he is a great inspiration to many of us.....God bless Steve Earle...
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#22
Dec 19, 2007
 
I am not sure where any genre of music is going these days. There are very few true artists in the business. Steve Earle is by far one the most talented songwriters of our time along with Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, and Townes Van Zandt. In my opinion an artist is someone who takes the music and creates something that makes us feel something inside or makes us feel what it is they are saying. Little Richard wasn't best known for his poignant lyrics, but he was the architect of rock and roll.

It is the individual out front who is making the calls on the direction of the music, that is the artist. It is not the producers or the industry that produce artists. Hell, there are probably studio bands that have more talent and creativity than the person that the "machine" has put on the album cover. These people who are willing to suffer for their art, who if things go ass-backwards are going to take the heat, are the true artists.

Townes Van Zandt was one of the greatest songwriters ever for the way he could arrange words that hit us right in the heart. That was his art. Someone who re-records his music exactly the way he sang it, may be a great singer, but they are no artist. Nora Jones took his 'Be Here To Love Me' and made it her song. Jones is an artist. George Canyon doing a remake of 'Burning Ring Of Fire' shouldn't sell anymore albums based on his being an artist than any cover band playing bars on any night of the week.

Though I am not a big fan of the Canadian Idol and American Idol shows, one thing you hear the judges say to the singers is to take these songs that they are singing, and make them their own. That is talent.

I love to see Steve Earle still at it and doing his thing. That is what being an artist is about. I love listening to songs by artists like Jimmy Rankin and Paolo Nutini who can take the moment, put it to words on paper, put it to music, and convey it to the listener and still be able to move them. The process of songwriting must be like walking a tight rope at times, in that the artist has a feeling that they want to express, and they have an idea as to how they want the final product to sound, but the industry wants them to take in people to help make it sound a certain way and they are pulled by their passion and integrity on one side and their financial interests pulling the other way.

Thank God for artists like Steve Earle.

Since: Sep 07

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Aug 23, 2008
 
Nick G Jax FL wrote:
Yet another young country artist is ripping Country Rocker Steve Earle.
If you listen to Miranda Lamberts latest single out on the air "Kerosene," it sounds a lot like Steve's "Feel Alright."
She uses some of the same phrases and it's even in Steves style. Does anyone know if she asked to do this or does she have the right to do this? I've been listening to Steve Earle for more than 18 years - and just hate to see another snot nosed brat break into the music scene while ripping off another artist...and of course no one mentions it on the air - nothing! New country - for the most part -sucks anyways - but this takes the cake. Anyone care to comment? I'd love to hear anyones thought on this .
Peace - Nick
hello my friend, you are right, Lambert's stuff seems to come right from Steve Earle, who I have also loved for 20 yrs, he's a great inspiration to me not only for his incredible music, but his sobriety, i am a recovery addict/alcoholic with 11 months clean, it's been my "ghetto" time like Steve had...

as far as I know, Lambert didn't have okay from anyone to write this song...i could be wrong because i am wrong a lot....copy all they will though, no one will ever touch Steve Earle's music and beautiful talent...

God bless Steve...

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