Sunday, August 30, 2009

Steve Earle Does Opera

There's a full moon over Galway Bay tonight, silver light over green and blue and every place I travel through, I find Some kinda sign that you've been through... (Steve Earle - Ft. Worth Blues)

I caught Steve Earle's Townes Tour last Wednesday (8/26) at the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, KY. The show was the fifth Steve Earle show that I've seen over the years and not that atypical with just Steve and his guitars. Steve was in good form and seemed to be especially happy that it was a sold out concert. He said it was only the 3rd sell out on this tour, likely as a result of the economy and maybe the fact that half the concert he is playing someone else's songs (Townes Van Zandt).

Townes Van Zandt was an early and major influence on Steve and he did a fine job waxing poetically and sometimes colorfully about his late mentor and friend. The stories were amusing and the songs were sequenced nicely. A nice review of the show can be found here.

The setlist for the show is as follows (may be incomplete):

  • Where I Lead Me
  • Colorado Girl
  • Rex's Blues
  • Ft. Worth Blues
  • Pancho and Lefty
  • Brand New Companion
  • Tom Ames
  • My Old Friend the Blues
  • Someday
  • Taneytown
  • Goodbye
  • Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold
  • Marie
  • City of Immigrants
  • Dixieland
  • Jerusalem
  • The Mountain
  • Lungs
  • To Live Is To Fly
  • Harlan Man
  • Copperhead Road

Steve's wife Allison Moorer opened the show with a nice set of her own. She is a fine singer songwriter and should not be missed.

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