Steve Earle - The Hardcore Troubador Returns

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Steve Earle - The Hardcore Troubador Returns

Legendary "hardcore troubador" Steve Earle returns to New Zealand for two solo and acoustic shows on Wednesday 11th April at the Kings Arms in Auckland and Thursday 12th April at Bodega in Wellington.

The American singer is one of life’s great hardcore troubadours and a man whose creative artistry extends into many arenas.  Singer-songwriter; actor; author; political activist; producer – indeed, there are many Steve Earles.

There’s the singer, whose raw brand of country rock saw him become a touchstone of roots music in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.  There’s the junkie who got so low he spent two years lost to music, living for a fix in abandoned houses.  There’s the author whose debut novel was published last year following an addict abortionist through Texas in the ‘60s.  There’s the songwriter who came within a whisker of writing for Elvis before the King up and died.  And of course there is the actor, whose work on The Wire and Treme has made his face as recognised as his music.

And this April the body of the man containing all of those ‘Earles’ journeys to New Zealand to play an intimate set comprising songs from throughout his acclaimed and illustrious career. 

Currently touring his 14th studio album named I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (also the title of his debut novel) Earle and his latest release has been recently honoured by the Recording Academy, receiving a Grammy Nomination in the Best Folk Album Category for next months awards.  Produced by T Bone Burnett and a follow up to the award winning Townes, Earle has this to say of the collection of songs: “They are all, as far as I can tell, about mortality in one way or the other; death as a mystery rather than a punctuation mark or at least a comma rather than a period.”

Do not miss out on seeing a career-spanning set which showcases not only his latest Grammy Nominated album but the range and artistry of Steve Earle – a true American original!