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...

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.

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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 28Portsmouth, NHThe Music Hall
May 29 Boston, MABerklee Performance Center
May 30Albany, NYSwyer Theatre at The Egg
June 2South Orange, NJSouth Orange Performing Arts Center
June 4Princeton, NJMcCarter Theatre
June 5Vienna, VAFilene Center at Wolf Trap
June 6Charlottesville, VAParamount Theater
June 7Princeton, WVThe Chuck Mathena Center
June 9Richmond, VAThe National
June 10Carrboro, NCThe ArtsCenter
June 12Atlanta, GAAtlanta Botanical Garden
June 13Savannah, GAAASU Fine Arts Auditorium
June 14Jacksonville, FLFlorida Theatre
June 16Knoxville, TNBijou Theatre
June 18Conroe, TXCrighton Theatre
June 19Austin, TXParamount Theatre
June 20New Braunfels, TXWhitewater On The Horseshoe
June 21Dallas, TXLakewood Theater
June 24St. Louis, MOThe Pageant
June 25Chicago, ILVic Theatre
June 26Bloomington, INBuskirk-Chumley Theater
June 27Cincinnati, OHMemorial Hall
July 8Burlington, VTBurlington International Waterfront Festival
July 9Montreal, QCLe National
July 10Ottawa, ONCisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 11Toronto, ONMassey Hall
July 15State College, PAState Theatre
July 17South Park, PASouth Park Amphitheater
July 18 – 19Windsor, ON Blues Fest International
July 22Bayfield, WIBig Top Chautauqua
July 23Minneapolis, MNPantages Theatre
July 25Lyons, CORockyGrass
August 1Canandaigua, NYConstellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC) *
August 2Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center *
September 6Westhampton Beach, NYWesthampton Beach Performing Arts Center

* with Jackson Browne

Last Updated on May 26, 2009 by By Allison Reitz