More than 30 years into his Hall of Fame career, country music maverick Steve Earle is still working as hard as ever. After winning multiple Grammy awards and releasing more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums, this Texas-raised singer-songwriter is currently on a nation-wide tour in support of his latest album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album is Earle’s first collection of original material since his 2007 Grammy Award winning, Washington Square Serenade. The album also includes the Grammy and Emmy Award Nominated song “This City,” written for the HBO Original Series, Treme, which Earle also appears in as an actor.
Steve Earle has been blazing his own path from the word go. He dropped out of school in the 9th grade to learn more about the music business, releasing his first album, Guitar Town, in 1986. He was subsequently named Country Artist of the Year for 1986 by Rolling Stone magazine. Earle benefitted greatly from being a protégé of the legendary songwriter Townes Van Zandt, quickly becoming a great songwriter in his own right, with his songs being recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, and countless others.
After overcoming a nasty drug addiction in the mid-1990s, Earle came out swinging with his comeback album, Train A Comin’, which was nominated for the Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy Award in 1996. His post-jail musical career has been more diverse than his early work, experimenting with a range of styles from country and bluegrass to folk and hard rock. Over the years Earle has also become a celebrated playwright, actor, and author, releasing his debut novel, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, in May of 2011. It received a nod from Amazon for ‘Best Books of the Month’. And if all that isn’t enough, he’s the proud father of a 13-month-old son with his wife and touring partner, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.
Steve Earle will bring his electric live band, The Dukes (And Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer, to Austin for a show at The Paramount Theater on Thursday, July 7th. Tickets are available online through the Paramount Theater website. You can also click “I like it” on the Do512 event listing for a chance to win a pair of free tickets!