Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Steve Earle

Steve Earle played in Kingston last night. He puts on such a fantastic show. It was an acoustic show with just his guitar, mandolin and harmonica. I was expecting to see him play a lot of material off of his recent 'Townes' CD, but was surprised that he played a wide mix of everything that you would want to hear that spanned over the course of his entire career.

He's very outspoken on many topics which is a large reason that I love his music. It's real and tells a story. The strength of the message that comes from it is loud and clear. His passion is very evident and it's pretty powerful to see him expressing his views in his songs and intro to songs. Hearing him playing a haunting song like Billy Austin, it's pretty hard to imagine that the death penalty still exists. Not to mention his other opinions on various topics.

The Grand Theatre was a wonderful venue to hear an acoustic concert, and we were fortunate to be seated in the 3rd row. I was very surprised to see that someone has already posted three videos from the show and looking at them, I think the guy who took them was only a few seats away from where we were.

Mike Plume opened for Earle and played a great solo set as well.

If you ever get a chance to see Steve Earle in concert, don't miss it. As I've said before, he's the best singer songwriter out there today who is still performing.


  1. Awesome stuff. Thanks for sharing that.

  2. Thanks for sharing I love Steve Earle. I love Copperhead Road.Sorry I never seen it live but this is the next best thing. G

  3. Definitely a must see concert. He tours in Canada a lot (he likes us) and is just finishing up a series of small venues in Ontario. He's releasing a new CD in 2011 and will be touring with his band The Dukes next year to support it.

    As much as I love Copperhead Road and his other early stuff, the material that he's put out in the 90's and 00's is so diverse and I probably enjoy even more.

  4. Yup, that's my shoulder in your pic. Great concert, cheers!