During the course of his illustrious career, Virginian-born and Texan-raised singer/songwriter Steve Earle has stirred the political pot, played on stages all around the world, played a recovering junkie on a critically acclaimed television series and won the hearts and minds of discerning music fans with his wry lyrics, weary delivery and genuine passion. Earle, performing with his band the Dukes, visits the Bearsville Theater on Sunday, April 28.
The Woodstock date, in support of his raucous new album, The Low Country, is among the first shows of a long tour that will span the globe. Call it a preview, if you will. Call it whatever you like, but don’t miss out.
Earle cut his teeth as a protégé of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clarke before striking out on his own as a songwriter. His material has been covered by everyone from Johnny Cash to Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris to Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez to the Pretenders. But no one is a better interpreter of his complex, emotional tunes than Earle himself. From the very beginning – 1986’s country-chart-topping Guitar Town – Earle has brought listeners on wild journeys of heartwrenching despair, found beauty in the mundane, earned three Grammy Awards and remained true to his outlaw spirit.
While his performance at the Bearsville Theater will focus on the music, there will also undoubtedly be a bit of storytelling thrown in there as well. And given that he’s an accomplished actor, it’s bound to be good. Earle has appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and has a recurring role as a street musician on the HBO series Treme. But for many, Earle’s best-known role is Walon, the leader of a Baltimore Narcotics Anonymous meeting, where he frequently counsels homeless junkie Bubbles on The Wire.
Steve Earle and the Dukes, with support from the Mastersons, will perform at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Sunday, April 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $40, $50 and $60. For more information, visit www.bearsvilletheater.com and www.steveearle.com.
Steve Earle & the Dukes, Sunday, April 28, 8 p.m., $40/$50/$60, Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock; (845) 679-4406, www.bearsvilletheater.com.