VICE Premieres The Tennessee Kid

Nowadays it seems every pseudo-intellectual schmuck wants to hate on America and pretend we don't live in a fascinating and storied place. But America is a bizarre, complicated land, and musician Steve Earle has spent the greater part of a 30-year-career exploring it. He's made 16 albums, recorded with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, and even written a play and a collection of short stories.

This time around, Earle's delving into the history of the blues on his new record Terraplane to be released next week on New West Records. This track is a poetic retelling of the story of Robert Johnson's deal with Lucifer, and Earle has a sense of sardonic self-aware humor that breathes new life into that story. Just listen to it.