Folk and country icon Steve Earle has announced details of his much anticipated Irish return with a fully seated show at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Sunday 25 October 2015.
Tickets are a relatively reasonable €38 inclusive of booking fee go on sale this Friday, 17 July at 9am from Ticketmaster and usual places. [More ticket info]
Special guests on this tour are The Mastersons. Throughout his almost 40-year career, Earle has mined the rich veins of American roots music from country to rock and roll, folk and rockabilly. On his 16th studio album of his solo career, Terraplane, Earle pays tribute to the blues, influenced by the blues giants he saw growing up in Texas – Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddy King, Johnny Winter, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Canned Heat and Billy Gibbons. Recorded in Nashville by Ray Kennedy and produced by R.S. Field, the new collection is his homage to the music that he calls “the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share” and a record he has wanted to make for a long time. Over 11 original tracks, Earle and his band The Dukes traverse various forms of the blues – from the Texas roadhouse blues of opener “Baby Baby Baby (Baby),” to the acoustic country blues of “Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now” and the Chicago blues of “The Usual Time” to the pre-war blues of “Baby’s Just As Mean As Me,” a duet with Eleanor Whitmore. The electrified “King of The Blues” features some scorching guitar playing from guitarist Chris Masterson” and on “The Tennessee Kid” Earle sounds like a possessed street preacher as he retells the Faustian crossroads legend over a John Lee Hooker-esque boogie.
Read our interview with Steve Earle here.