Steve Earle w/Connor Kennedy

Date(s) - Fri, Sep 9, 2022
8:00 pm-11:00 pm

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Bearsville Theater



“one of america’s most gifted, living songwriters

Steve Earle has released nearly an album a year since the ’90’s ranging from bluegrass to blues to folk to country. One of America’s most gifted living songwriters, he is singing better than he ever has, working harder.

“I’m a firm believer that rock & roll only becomes an art-form because of the lyrics. If it hadn’t been for Bob Dylan wanting to be John Lennon and John Lennon wanting to be Bob Dylan, it wouldn’t have been cranked up to the level of literature that makes it OK for rock & roll to be taken seriously”, says Earle. 

Steve Earle’s new release, JERRY JEFF,  he pays tribute to influential cowboy troubadour Jerry Jeff Walker, who passed away on October 23, 2021. After performing in Texas at a concert celebrating Walker’s life, Steve took his band, The Dukes, to Electric Lady Studios in New York, where they recorded 10 of Walker’s songs.

“This record completes the set, the work of my first-hand teachers,” Steve writes in the liner notes, referencing 2009’s TOWNES and 2019’s GUY, which he made after the deaths of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.

“The records were recorded and released in the order in which they left this world. But make no mistake – it was Jerry Jeff Walker who came first,” Steve says.

Earle delivers a gorgeous, soulful “Mr. Bojangles” on JERRY JEFF, but also covers some of Walker’s lesser-known classics – meditative ballads like 1969’s “Old Road” and 1973’s “Wheel.” Other highlights include joyful takes of “Charlie Dunn,” Walker’s endearing tribute to the bootmaker, and “Gypsy Songman,” a stomping busking anthem.