JAM! airs controversial Earle video
By PAUL CANTIN
Senior Reporter, JAM! Showbiz
Singer Steve Earle, who joined JAM! Music for a online chat Thursday, has jumped into the U.S. election debate with a controversial new video for his tune "Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)."
The clip, which takes a pointed shot at Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush, shows concert footage of Earle shot during his summer gig at Toronto's Convocation Hall, and is overlaid with this message: "140 Executed In Texas U.S.A. 1995-2000."
The balance of the video shows mug shots of every prisoner executed since Bush took office in 1995, including the controversial death of inmate Karla Faye Tucker.
The clip then shows this message on screen: "Under Governor George W. Bush, the state of Texas has executed 140 men and women, more than any other state in the nation. Almost every executed person was poor."
Earle, a long-time opponent of capital punishment, befriended Texas inmate Jonathan Nobles before his execution, and "Over Yonder" was inspired by their relationship.
JAM! Music will be streaming the video for "Over Yonder" in conjunction with Earle's first-ever Canadian online that was held on Thursday (Nov. 2).
Musician Steve Earle - Read chat transcript here
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