Steve Earle (born Stephen Fain Earle on January 17, 1955, in San Antonio, Texas) is a singer-songwriter
best known for his country
music and rock 'n roll tinged "alt-country
." He is also a published writer, a keen political activist (particularly in protesting against the death penalty in the U.S., as in his song "Ellis Unit One
" from the movie Dead Man Walking), and has written and directed a play. Earle also had small roles on the HBO television shows "The Wire" and "Treme".