Steve Earle has debuted ‘Baby Baby Baby (Baby),’ the opening track from his upcoming album, ‘Terraplane.’ And while we get a kick out of that fourth, parenthetical “baby,” we get an even bigger kick out of the bluesy new track, which opens up with a harmonica solo before Earle’s rough-and-tumble vocals kick in. Take a listen below:

“I found myself writing a blues record,” Earle said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “I guess it’s what’s going on in my life, and I’d rather let the songs speak for themselves than go into all that.”

When it came to writing a blues album, Earle said, “I’m always arrogant enough to think I can add something to the canon. I’m a songwriter, I’ve been doing it a long time, I’m still writing and I think I get better as time goes on.”

'Baby Baby Baby (Baby)' is certainly a song full of life, and as Earle points out, “The blues aren’t necessarily about being depressed.”

“They’re a reaction to all those tensions that relationships between men and women create, and those tensions that just trying to get by in the world create,” Earle explained.

Steve Earle & the Dukes’ ‘Terraplane’ lands Feb. 17.

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