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Fiery Steve Earle Takes the Stage

September 15th, 2011

Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) – Music Hall – September 14, 2011


Fuck BP!” shouted Steve Earle. “You guys are on the radio, on satellite radio tonight. You can say fuck on this radio—I have it on good authority. This is my radio station. I wouldn’t be on it if I couldn’t say fuck.” He told a brief story about his friend Joe Henry and the songs he’d write. “I couldn’t rest until I came up with just one song that fucked up,” he opined, before leading the band into “Molly-O,” from his newest, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. His wife’s fiddle joined his banjo to stir the dirge. A couple of songs later, Earle lit into another enemy of his, those who tell untrue tales to score political points. “The truth is that immigration is our past, our present and, if we have a future, that as well,” said the singer-songwriter as an introduction to “City of Immigrants.” As the song concluded, Earle hollered, “And that is the truth” and whipped out a harmonica. —JC McIlwaine

Photos courtesy of JC McIlwaine | www.jcmcilwaine.com