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Woodstock Wednesdays – Steve Earle

by SirLady on September 26, 2012

The Bardavon Theatre, located in Poughkeepsie, is the oldest theatre in New York State and one of the oldest in the country.  To catch a show here is a special experience.  This Sunday, September 30th, you have a great excuse to do just that.  Steve Earle will be gracing the stage.  Charlie Mars will open the show at 7:00PM and should NOT be missed.  Click here for tickets.

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road(1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”

Earle presented excerpts of his poetry and fiction writing at the 2000 New Yorker Festival. His collection of short stories called Doghouse Roses was published in June 2011 and his novel, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive was published in the spring of 2011. Earle wrote and produced an off Broadway play about the death of Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman executed since the death penalty was reinstated in Texas.

As an actor Earle has had a mix of appearances in television and movies ranging from cameos to full roles. His music is often used in the sound tracks for these works. Earle portrayed Walon, a recovering drug addict in several episodes of the HBO television series The Wire. Earle’s song “I Feel Alright” was played at the closing of season two. Earle’s version of the Tom Waits song, “Way Down in the Hole” was heard during the 5th season’s opening show. Earle played a drug dealer in Tim Blake Nelson’s 2009 movie Leaves of Grass and a musician in the HBO series Treme. Earle’s song “This City” can be heard over the closing credits of the first season finale. He was also one of several musicians who sang a mock charity appeal in the final episode of Season 3 of 30 Rock.

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