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STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES w/ THE MASTERSONS

March 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

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***Our Beer Garden is open for food and drinks from 12noon. You can validate your ticket at the box office from 6pm, and doors to the live music room open at 7:00pm.***

Steve Earle and The Dukes

Incomparable country/blues/folk-rocker and pioneer of the Outlaw Country music movement, Steve Earle is returning to Australia, playing The Triffid on Sunday 20 March.

Grammy-award-winning, prolific, and multi-skilled, Steve Earle knocked the world on its head in 1986 with the ground-breaking Guitar Town, which shot to No. 1 on the country charts and immediately established the term ‘New Country’.

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Steve Earle is a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

From biting hard rock to minimalist beauty to politically charged masterpieces, Steve Earle‘s catalogue bursts with 16 exciting, varied releases including Copperhead Road, Train A Comin’, Jerusalem, the Grammy-Award-winning The Revolution Starts…Now, Washington Square Serenade & Townes, and his 2015 release, Terraplane. This was his first ever blues album. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, won Blues Blast Magazine Acoustic Blues Album of the Year Award 2015, and outsold every release since Copperhead Road. He’s notched 9 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 country standard/pub-rock anthem Copperhead Road, 10 Top 10 albums and has 3 platinum-selling albums.

If his musical poetry isn’t enough, he is also a fearless political activist, an acclaimed playwright and actor, and now novelist, having released I’ll Never Get out of Here Alive in 2011.

Steve Earle and his formidable band The Dukes are renowned for their rocking live show. Set to pack a punch yet again, returning often to Australia due to high audience demand. The seasoned, multi-instrumentalist offers musical prowess and provocative food-for-thought delivered with imaginative poetry and a glistening plethora of genres that sweep through a remarkable 30+ year career. Don’t miss Steve Earle and The Dukes.

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Watch Steve Earle performing Copperhead Road as well as a full performance on KEXP.

 

The Mastersons

“The first thing people usually ask us is ‘What’s it like as a husband and wife playing music together?,'” says Chris Masterson. “We always say that the lows are low, but the highs are really high.”

There are plenty of highs on Good Luck Charm, the second album by The Mastersons, the collaboration that Chris shares with his marital and musical partner Eleanor Whitmore. Generously filled with infectious melodies, instinctive harmonies and vividly insightful lyrics, Good Luck Charm embodies the uncanny rapport that singer- guitarist Chris and singer-violinist-guitarist Eleanor have developed in their experiences living, touring and making music together.

The Austin, TX-based duo’s lilting songcraft and charismatic chemistry have already won over listeners around the world, thanks to the couples ongoing status as members of Steve Earle’s band The Dukes, their frequent opening sets for Earle, and their critically-lauded 2012 debut album, Birds Fly South.

Although Good Luck Charm is the Mastersons’ second album, in many ways it’s their first full-on collaboration. Whereas Birds Fly South consisted largely of songs that they’d composed individually, all of Good Luck Charm’s material was co-written by Chris and Eleanor, giving the material added depth as well as a powerful collective lyrical identity that’s matched by their expressive harmonies.

“This is a more purpose-driven record,” Eleanor states. “The first record was kind of his/hers, but this one is entirely ours.”

“Playing a few hundred shows has really solidified us as a band and focused our vision for the new record,” Chris observes. “Every song is crafted for the two of us. When we made Birds Fly South, it just seamed like a good idea to do a record. Now we know it is.”

Good Luck Charm – recorded with noted producer/engineer Jim Scott, whose resume includes work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco and the Dixie Chicks – raises the stakes with 11 emotionally precise new songs that are firmly rooted in sometimes-harsh reality, yet which radiate with hope and optimism.

“It’s cautiously optimistic,” Eleanor says of the twosome’s new material, adding, “I think we tried to steer the songs in a direction that was a little more positive and a little more upbeat. Our last record had a lot of broken-character songs, but I think that this one reflects the place we’re in now.”

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March 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

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***Our Beer Garden is open for food and drinks from 12noon. You can validate your ticket at the box office from 6pm, and doors to the live music room open at 7:00pm.***