Music fans will no doubt rejoice upon learning that American songwriting legend Steve Earle will make a rare concert appearance at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 13 at the newly renovated Armstrong Atlantic State University Fine Arts Auditorium.
This marks the first time in his 30-year career that the Grammy-winning singer and guitarist has headlined in Savannah.
Although Earle often performs with a full band, his current U.S. tour finds the iconic, fiercely independent artist alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar and harmonica to accompany his hardscrabble, weather-beaten voice.
This intimate, solo setup is the perfect way to experience Earle’s original material, known for its deeply heartfelt lyrics which are unabashedly bare and drawn from real life.
Earle will also perform tunes originally written
by the late, great Townes Van Zandt, a littleknown but almost mythical Tx. poet and guitarist who led an infamously rough life of drugs and drink, yet left an impressive catalog of densely layered country and folk songs behind.
Superstars Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson all cite Van Zandt as a major inspiration, and Earle (who was personally encouraged and mentored by Townes early on) recently released a CD consisting entirely of his favorite Van Zandt songs – to universal critical acclaim.
Known best for his own unique brand of rootscountry with a rock attitude, Earle’s recorded work runs the gamut from the Vietnam vet commentary of “Copperhead Road,” to the tearful ballad “My Old Friend The Blues.”
A former heroin and cocaine addict and alcoholic who served several years in state prison for drug offenses, Earle has been clean and sober for 14 years, and convincingly played a recovering inmate on TV in the HBO series The Wire.
His interest in old-time folk music and his progressive political activism (he’s an outspoken opponent of the death penalty and a champion of the common man) have also drawn comparisons to such American luminaries as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.
General Admission tickets to this special show are $32 in adv. Or $35 at the door for ALL-AGES and can be charged securely online at www.tinyteamconcerts. org, or bought with cash at Silly Mad CDs on the Southside.