Steve Earle | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Steve Earle performing during the Reckless Kelly's Farewell Tour at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas on June 29, 2024. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Steve Earle is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation. A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, he quickly became a master storyteller, with his songs recorded by icons like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, and many others. In 1986, he released his album Guitar Town, which soared to number one on the country charts and is now considered a classic of the Americana genre.

Most recently, Earle's 1988 hit Copperhead Road was designated an official state song of Tennessee in 2023. Subsequent releases such as The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007), and TOWNES (2009) garnered consecutive GRAMMY® Awards. His latest album, Jerry Jeff (2022), features Earle’s renditions of songs written by his mentor, Jerry Jeff Walker.

Earle has also published a novel, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), and a collection of short stories, Dog House Roses (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). Additionally, he has produced albums for other artists, including Joan Baez's Day After Tomorrow and Lucinda Williams's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.

As an actor, Earle has appeared in several films and had recurring roles in HBO series The Wire and Tremé. In 2017, he appeared in the off-Broadway play Samara, for which he also composed a score praised by The New York Times as “exquisitely subliminal.” He wrote music for and appeared in Coal Country, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination. Earle also hosts the weekly show Hard Core Troubadour on Sirius Radio’s Outlaw Country channel.

In 2020, Earle was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2023, he was honored by the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music.
Fan reviews:

Wonderful performance. Steve Earle is still naturally comfortable and engaging on stage and makes his audience feel welcome and a real part of the whole evening, encouraged a sing along on several songs. He really brought us into the circle. His voice sounded great as did his playing. He performed a bunch of classics and some new stuff too. Just left me feeling good. Loved the whole evening.

Had a great time! Steve Earle was phenomenal! I had a great time listening to his story telling and wonderful music.

Steve at his best. People were really there for the music, Steve was unusually funny and talkative. Great show and nice venue.

I’ve literally been to hundreds of concerts and Steve Earle’s show is definitely in my top. Extremely talented writer, musician and story teller. Highly recommended show. Looking forward to seeing him again in the future.

Still going strong. I've wanted to see Steve Earle perform for many years, Steve was in a good mood, shared personal anecdotes, played his instruments well and gave a performance worthy of his near-legendary status.

Steve seemed warm, sincere and funny. His presence and his music filled up the stage. and the auditorium. He put on a really good show, not slowing down from the time he hit the stage until he left it.
Steve Earle shared the stage with Reckless Kelly and Courtney Patton at the Whitewater Amphitheater. They continue across the United States with the last stop at the Outlaw Country Cruise 2025 in Miami, Florida on February 22, 2025.

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