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« on: January 31, 2010, 03:10:15 PM »

Last nigh,  Earle did a tribute set to Townes Van Zandt.  It was very good...as was his guitar playing.
I wasn't so impressed with Kris.  His songs were great, but his guitar playing was mostly very heavy-handed strumming.
All in all, though, an enjoyable show.  Earle looks old.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 03:53:45 PM »

And he ( EARLE) only turned 55 last week!!!!!!!! Man!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010, 05:35:06 PM »

Thumbs up for Steve Earle.   Did a good job on the TVZ songs he played.   He had trouble fitting in all the lyrics to "Mr. Gold and Mr. Mud" which is understandable.  Perhaps Townes himself was the only one who could do that song justice;l  and he made it look easy.   

Mr. Kristofferson, as Walkerman says, was not up to par.    He played one song and then used the exact same strumming pattern which didn't really fit well on the next song "Me and Bobbie  Magee"  He kinda found the groove after a verse or two.  His voice is very weak and I wonder if he has some health issues going on.

All in all a good show though.   Steve Earle's obvious worship of TVZ came through loud and clear.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010, 01:06:28 AM »

I recorded it but have not watched it yet...
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010, 05:43:24 AM »

I'd love to have seen it...Earle and TVZ are up there on my list of favs.

Perhaps I've shared this story here, but oh well, I love it:
Apparently a young (19ish) Earle was playing in a club and TVZ was in the front row, absolutely smashed drunk, and mocking Steve.  Earle then proceeded to play a TVZ song that had something like 20 verses...and nailed it.  TVZ apologized after the show.

As far as "Steve's looking old..." ...aren't we all these days? 
He certainly looks better than he did when he was 270 pounds back in the early-mid 1990s.

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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010, 06:39:11 AM »

I'd love to have seen it...Earle and TVZ are up there on my list of favs.

Perhaps I've shared this story here, but oh well, I love it:
Apparently a young (19ish) Earle was playing in a club and TVZ was in the front row, absolutely smashed drunk, and mocking Steve.  Earle then proceeded to play a TVZ song that had something like 20 verses...and nailed it.  TVZ apologized after the show.

As far as "Steve's looking old..." ...aren't we all these days? 
He certainly looks better than he did when he was 270 pounds back in the early-mid 1990s.

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Steve, in fact, told that story on the show.   Townes was drunk in the front row and heckling him.  Shouting "play the Wabash Cannonball"  until Steve finally sang one of Townes' own songs:   Mr Gold and Mr. Mud, which is a masterpiece of storytelling that relies on a very fast pace and lots of lyrics.  That's the one I mentioned in my above post.   It's a good rendition of one of my favorite TVZ tunes.  I admit, I can't begin to cover it myself.  Wish I could.     I can get "Greensboro Woman" right occasionally.   
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010, 06:26:30 PM »

A neat bit of trivia on Steve Earle.  He played a recovered addict on the HBO series "The Wire"--can't remember his character's name, but he was sort of the sponsor for Bubbles, another character.    I watched an entire season and didn't know it was him.   He's a pretty good actor.

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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010, 07:03:59 AM »

A neat bit of trivia on Steve Earle.  He played a recovered addict on the HBO series "The Wire"--can't remember his character's name,  He's a pretty good actor.

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The Wire that was a great show  believe his name on the show was Walon
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2010, 02:01:19 AM »

Earle was great on ACL. I've never had a chance to see him live so this was the closest thing for me. Kris was...ok. I didn't mind the performance, but it wasn't anything compelling..he was definitely off.
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2010, 06:49:46 AM »

I have friends that love Earle, personally I don't get it at all. NOthing special as a guitar player and certainly not as a guitar player. Townes either for the most part. Depression and excessive alcohol consumption seem to be common threads for all three. A rather tired and tiring subject. Reminds me of when actors come on late night talk shows and tell stories that are supposed to be amusing because it's something they did when they were drunk. Yawn.
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2010, 04:06:20 PM »

A neat bit of trivia on Steve Earle.  He played a recovered addict on the HBO series "The Wire"--can't remember his character's name, but he was sort of the sponsor for Bubbles, another character.    I watched an entire season and didn't know it was him.   He's a pretty good actor.

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Maybe he wasn't acting......
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2010, 04:09:08 PM »

I have friends that love Earle, personally I don't get it at all. NOthing special as a guitar player and certainly not as a guitar player. Townes either for the most part. Depression and excessive alcohol consumption seem to be common threads for all three. A rather tired and tiring subject. Reminds me of when actors come on late night talk shows and tell stories that are supposed to be amusing because it's something they did when they were drunk. Yawn.

Earle is quite the songwriter....there's some real gems on Copperhead Road ( a must if you don't have it).  Snake Oil and The Devil's Right Hand are classics, IMHO.  When Johnny Comes Marching Home and the title song a very good too.
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2010, 05:11:26 PM »

Steve is a great songwriter and pretty fine musician but he's not very likable, in my opinion. I do like his son Justin a lot though.
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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2010, 01:27:44 AM »

Thanks for the heads up, I'll try to watch for it.  Earle's tributes to Townes are so heartful and touching... 
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2010, 07:12:28 AM »

Like Johnny Cash, Earle is not afraid to tackle any subject and has a great knack for telling stories.  And, like Cash, he pretty much "flips off"  the country music establishment with his every move.
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« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2010, 12:02:28 PM »

Like Johnny Cash, Earle is not afraid to tackle any subject and has a great knack for telling stories.  And, like Cash, he pretty much "flips off"  the country music establishment with his every move.

No, actually I like that about him. Having seen him twice, I just don't like him. He flips off his audience and that's not cool, at all.
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« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2010, 07:40:33 PM »

I have friends that love Earle, personally I don't get it at all. NOthing special as a guitar player and certainly not as a guitar player. Townes either for the most part. Depression and excessive alcohol consumption seem to be common threads for all three. A rather tired and tiring subject. Reminds me of when actors come on late night talk shows and tell stories that are supposed to be amusing because it's something they did when they were drunk. Yawn.
I tend to agree. I've never heard a song by Steve Earle that I like, nor have I heard anyone else doing an Earle song that I liked.  He strikes me as the kind of guy that takes himself too seriously, and that's a turn-off for me.  I did "get" Townes though, for the most part.  But I do think Townes did Townes the best.  I've not heard anyone who really does his stuff justice. 

PS - Kris K is a terrible guitarist, but great songwriter. 

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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2010, 06:40:08 AM »

  I've not heard anyone who really does his stuff justice. 


Not even Emmy Lou?
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2010, 12:34:49 PM »

Not even Emmy Lou?
I've only heard her version of Pancho and Lefty, and so far I only like Townes' version of that one. 
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