Steve Earle has fashioned a long career as a singer, actor and political activist, so it's not surprising to see him empathizing with Hank Williams on I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, his first since 2007. The album's released in conjunction with a novel of the same name, Earle's first, about an abortion doctor in '60s San Antonio who's haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams. Heavy, dude. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Earle told Billboard that the album primarily deals with mortality. We wouldn't expect anything else.