Earle readies "Townes" tour
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
– Steve Earle is hitting the road in support of "Townes," his tribute to Townes Van Zandt, which drops May 12 on Newt West.
Starting May 11, Earle will embark on a promo run, stopping in major U.S. markets including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Earle will be both live on the radio and performing and signing at special in-store events at local record shops. Earle will also do an interview with Melissa Bloch on NPR's All Things Considered during release week and seen on The Tavis Smiley show on May 13.
The proper headline tour will kick off in Portsmouth, N.H. on May 28 taking him through North American cities including Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Nashville and Houston with a west coast run added this fall.
"Townes," a 15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle's friend and mentor. Earle self-produced at his home in Greenwich Village, at Sound Emporium and Room and Board in Nashville and The Nest in Hollywood, CA
The track Lungs, was produced and mixed by the Dust Brothers' John King and features Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine on electric guitar. Earle's wife, Allison Moorer, is featured on backing vocals on Loretta and To Live Is To Fly. Three songs cut in Nashville, White Freightliner Blues, Delta Momma Blues and Don't Take It Too Bad feature a bluegrass band consisting of Dennis Crouch, Tim O'Brien, Darrel Scott and Shad Cobb.
Some songs have been played by Earle for years (Pancho and Lefty, Lungs, White Freightliner Blues) and others he had to learn specifically for recording. He learned the song (Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria directly from Van Zandt. Earle recorded the New York sessions solo and then added the other instruments later on in order to preserve the spirit of Van Zandt's original solo performances to the best of his recollection.
The promo tour dates are:
Sunday, May 10: Seattle, Live on KEXP-FM at 2 p.m.
Monday, May 11: Seattle, Live on KMTT-FM at 3:15P.M. for Mountain (KMTT-FM)
Live in-store performance at Easy Street Records Queen Anne store at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12: Portland, Ore., Live on KINK-FM at 3:30 P.M., Live in-store performance at Music Millennium at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13 Los Angeles, CA
Live in-store performance at Amoeba Music at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 14: San Francisco, Live on KFOG-FM at 1 p.m., Live in-store performance at Amoeba Haight at 6 p.m.
Friday, May 15: Denver, Live on KBCO-FM at TBD, Live in-store performance at Twist & Shout at 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 Houston, Live in-store performance at Cactus Record at 5 p.m.
Monday, May 18: Austin, Live on KGSR-FM at TBD, Live in-store performance at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20 New York, Live on WFUV-FM at 12:00P.M.
Tour dates are:
May 28 - Portsmouth NH - The Music Hall
May 29 - Boston MA - Berklee Performance Center
May 30 - Albany, NY - Swyer Theater
June 2 - South Orange NJ - South Orange PAC
June 4 - Princeton NJ - McCarter Theatere
June 5 - Vienna VA - Wolf Trap Filene Center (with John Prine)
June 6 - Charlottesville, VA - Paramount Theatre
June 7 - Princeton, WV - Mountain Stage
June 9 - Richmond, VA - The National
June 10 - Carrboro, NC - Carrboro Arts Center
June 12 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Botanical Garden
June 13 - Savannah, GA - Fine Arts Auditorium
June 14 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
June 16 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
June 18 - Houston, TX - Crighton Theater
June 19 - Austin, TX - Paramount
June 20 - New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Ampitheatre
June 21 - Dallas, TX - Lakewood Theatre
June 24 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant
June 25 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
June 26 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
June 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Memorial Hall
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