Do Not Miss Steve Earle Tomorrow Night at Town Hall

November 1st, 2013

Music legend Steve Earle is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. He was first introduced to many as the character Walon on The Wire, the kind-hearted sponsor seeing Bubbles through rehab. More recently he was the street performer Harley on the New Orleans–based, post-Katrina Treme. In the mid- to late ’80s, he was a country rocker getting a taste of mainstream success. In the ’90s, he battled his way through drug addiction, becoming stronger in the process, and put out some of the best music of his life—moving much closer to the folk-rock singer-songwriter realm, penning songs designed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Earle’s never shied away from politics, taking on all kinds of activist roles. With his heart on his sleeve, Earle’s an easy guy to like, and through all these chapters of his life, he’s built an interesting persona. The Steve Earle of today is one happy fellow. It shows onstage, playing with the Dukes, and he’ll be the first to admit it: “This is the best band I have ever had.” See for yourself when Steve Earle (above, performing “This City” for Studio Q) and the Dukes play Town Hall tomorrow night. —Dan Rickershauser