Steve Earle & The Dukes and Duchesses Perform Thursday Night at the Paramount Theater
Songwriter, musician…some would even say poet. Each description rings true. Steve Earle is a master storyteller. The protégé of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark has penned songs recorded by several great artists, including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris. Throughout his career, Earle has remained passionate about his political beliefs, and digs deep within the darkest recesses of his own mind to write songs. It isn’t always pretty, but neither is real life.
Earle’s latest album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive produced by T Bone Burnett, is also the title of his debut novel, a gritty and powerful story of the deeply troubled Doc Ebersole, haunted by the ghost of his friend and former patient, Hank Williams. (Williams’ song “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive,” was his last to be released in his lifetime, in 1952.)
The album includes the track “This City,” featured on today’s Austin Music Minute, that was written for the HBO series, Treme, which Earle also appears in as an actor.
Earle spent many years performing solo acoustic shows, but in support of this album, he’s assembled a band that includes his wife, songwriter Allison Moorer. Steve Earle & The Dukes and Duchesses will perform Thursday night at the Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Any fan will tell you: This will be incredible. Recommended.