This week's highlight was seeing Steve Earle for the first time. Steve is looking good on this tour behind his new album Townes. As to be expected the show was mostly a mix of stories and songs by and about Townes Van Zandt. Earle did mix in a few older tunes like The Galway Girl and City of Immigrants in which he also talked about living in New York City. I really appreciate the stories Steve told between songs. It's a rich oral history told just like it was done in the days before TV.
Steve also shared with the audience that he and his wife, Allison Moorer are expecting a baby boy this spring to be named John Henry Earle. Moorer is releasing her new album Crows on February 9th. I just received a copy of it today. Look for some of it on future shows.
Earle also let us know that he has plans to record a new CD this year with T. Bone Burnett. I'm looking forward to that one.
Hayes Carll opened the show for Steve Earle. Hayes performed well, but I think he felt like the opening act which he was. His set was a short mix of songs from his three albums. I was not familiar with Carll's 2nd album Little Rock so I picked up a copy from him. There are several good songs on the album including the title track which I started my show with today.
Hayes Carll - Little Rock - Little Rock
Steve Earle - Mr. Mudd And Mr. Gold - Townes
Steve Earle - (Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria - Townes
Steve Earle - White Frieghtliner Blues - Townes
Matt The Electrician - Brdge To Nowhere - Animal Boy
Barton Carroll - Shadowman - Together You And I
JJ Cale - Strange Days - Roll On
Guy Clark - All She Wants Is You - Somedays The Song Writes You
Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - These Roads Don't Move - One Fast Move Or I'm Gone
Son Volt - Jukebox Of Steel - American Central Dust
Drive By Truckers - Like A Rolling Stone - The Fine Print
Bob Dylan - Jolene - Together Through Life
Backyard Tire Fire - Roadsong #39 - Good To Be
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth - Cheap Ain't Cheap (For Crying Out Loud) - For Crying Out Loud
Assembly Of Dust - All That I Am Now - Some Assembly Required
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons - Born Again - Death Won't Send A Letter
James McMurtry - Ruby & Carlos - Live In Europe
Levon Helm - Tennessee Jed - Electric Dirt
Reckless Kelly - Best Forever Yet - Somewhere In Time
Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts - This Time - Middle West
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses - Country Roads - Roadhouse Sun
Austin Collins & The Rainbirds - Worn - Wrong Control
Wilco - You Never Know - Wilco (The Album)
Emmitt Nershi Band - I Come From The Country - New Country Blues
Pert' Near Sandstone - A Lazy Man's Load Is A Heavy One - Needle And Thread
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Loose - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
Hayes Carll - Leave Here Standing - Little Rock