Blurring the lines between folk-rock and country, Steve Earle will hit the road this summer to “Townes,” a tribute to late musician Townes Van Zandt. Earle’s trek will visit more than 30 across the U.S. and Canada beginning with a May 28 kick-off at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH.
Earle has solo concerts and festival appearances booked through a July 25 set at the 37th annual RockyGrass festival in Lyons, CO. Other stops on the performer’s calendar include a June 9 show at The National in Richmond, VA, a June 19 concert at Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX, and a June 25 gig at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL.
The summer itinerary includes four engagements in Canada: June 9 at Le National in Montreal, QC; July 10 at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in Ottawa, ON; July 11 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON; and July 18-19 at Blues Fest International in Windsor, ON.
The alternative country musician is touring behind his May 12 release, “Townes,” comprised entirely of Van Zandt covers. “This may be one of the best records I’ve ever made,” Earle said in a statement about the record, which earned him the highest chart position of his career with a No. 19 debut on the Billboard 200.
The album features a guest appearance from acclaimed rock guitarist Tom Morello, as well as guest spots by Earle’s wife, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, and his eldest son, Justin Townes Earle, who was named after Van Zandt.
Earle made his record debut in 1986 with “Guitar Town,” which topped the nation’s country chart and hit the Billboard 200 at No. 89. Since then, Earle has released a dozen solo studio albums, as well as more than a dozen compilation and live albums.
After completing his summer trek, Earle is set to open a couple concerts for fellow singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. Those supporting stints are booked for August 1 at CMAC in Canandaigua, NY, and August 2 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Steve Earle itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|May 28||Portsmouth, NH||The Music Hall|
|May 29||Boston, MA||Berklee Performance Center|
|May 30||Albany, NY||Swyer Theatre at The Egg|
|June 2||South Orange, NJ||South Orange Performing Arts Center|
|June 4||Princeton, NJ||McCarter Theatre|
|June 5||Vienna, VA||Filene Center at Wolf Trap|
|June 6||Charlottesville, VA||Paramount Theater|
|June 7||Princeton, WV||The Chuck Mathena Center|
|June 9||Richmond, VA||The National|
|June 10||Carrboro, NC||The ArtsCenter|
|June 12||Atlanta, GA||Atlanta Botanical Garden|
|June 13||Savannah, GA||AASU Fine Arts Auditorium|
|June 14||Jacksonville, FL||Florida Theatre|
|June 16||Knoxville, TN||Bijou Theatre|
|June 18||Conroe, TX||Crighton Theatre|
|June 19||Austin, TX||Paramount Theatre|
|June 20||New Braunfels, TX||Whitewater On The Horseshoe|
|June 21||Dallas, TX||Lakewood Theater|
|June 24||St. Louis, MO||The Pageant|
|June 25||Chicago, IL||Vic Theatre|
|June 26||Bloomington, IN||Buskirk-Chumley Theater|
|June 27||Cincinnati, OH||Memorial Hall|
|July 8||Burlington, VT||Burlington International Waterfront Festival|
|July 9||Montreal, QC||Le National|
|July 10||Ottawa, ON||Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest|
|July 11||Toronto, ON||Massey Hall|
|July 15||State College, PA||State Theatre|
|July 17||South Park, PA||South Park Amphitheater|
|July 18 – 19||Windsor, ON||Blues Fest International|
|July 22||Bayfield, WI||Big Top Chautauqua|
|July 23||Minneapolis, MN||Pantages Theatre|
|July 25||Lyons, CO||RockyGrass|
|August 1||Canandaigua, NY||Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC) *|
|August 2||Camden, NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center *|
|September 6||Westhampton Beach, NY||Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center|
* with Jackson Browne
Last Updated on May 26, 2009 by By Allison Reitz