in performance: steve earle and the dukes (and duchesses) with allison moorer

the dukes of earle: will rigby, allison moore, steve earle, chris masterson, eleanor whitmore and kelly looney.

the dukes of earle: will rigby, allison moorer, steve earle, chris masterson, eleanor whitmore and kelly looney. photo by ted barron.

Having opened his relaxed, soulful yet quite vibrant performance last night at the Opera House with five songs from his new, hoedown-ish I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive album, Steve Earle found himself armed with some curious weaponry. In his hands was a bouzouki, the stringed instrument that defines Greek dance music, even though Earle admitted a preference for using its light, percussive sound as a means to address Irish folk tradition.

But it was ultimately the danger element of the bouzouki that made Earle speak up. “This is something you don’t want to identify in an airport. Just tell people it’s a banjo. They won’t know the difference.”

All possible inferences to terroristic threatening aside, Earle, his bouzouki, his arsenal of guitars, banjos and mandolins and a new, Americana-savvy revision of his long-running Dukes band all created quite a party. The 2 ½ hour performance was far removed from the electric revelry of the Dukes of old. But the spry combination of two new hands (the extraordinary guitarist Chris Masterson and his fiddler/wife Eleanor Whitmore), two older hands (bassist Kelly Looney, drummer Will Rigby) and a proven first mate (wife/songwriter Allison Moorer, who played predominantly keyboards) helped discover a lively, rootsy glow in new and old material.

While the opening selection of Out of This World tunes had moments (especially during the absorbing sea chanty The Gulf of Mexico), the new material really started spitting sparks in the concert’s second set with the swampy, Tom Waits-style harp groove of Meet Me in the Alleyway and the Treme affirmation This City, which subbed Whitmore’s earthy violin accents for the Allen Toussaint horn arrangements used on the recorded version.

Out of This World proved to be part of a guided tour through Earle’s catalogue, though. Much of the concert honored specific albums from the singer’s past with groups of three or four songs performed together – like the country leaning of the1986 breakthrough Guitar Town, the bluegrass urgency of 1999’s The Mountain and a merry couplet from 1996’s I Feel Alright that allowed Masterson and Earle to pump up Taneytown with Neil Young-style guitar crunch before allowing the music to exhale with the merry blast of Hard Core Troubabour.

And at least two album title tunes were presented as stand alone pieces – namely Copperhead Head and The Revolution Starts…Now, which bookended the second set of this roughcut but remarkably focused hoedown.


US Fed News Service, Including US State News April 3, 2007 The Securities and Exchange Commisson issued the following meeting agenda: this web site meeting agenda template

Item 1: Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Office: Office of the Chief Accountant Staff: Zoe-Vonna Palmrose, Nancy Salisbury, Brian Croteau, Josh Jones Item 1: this web site meeting agenda template

The Commission will consider its staff’s approach to:

* The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) Proposed Auditing Standard – An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated with An Audit of Financial Statements; and * The PCAOB’s Proposed Auditing Standard – Considering and Using the Work of Others in an Audit.Contact: Brian Croteau, 202/551-5333; Josh Jones, 202/551-5334.

Brian Croteau, 202/551-5333; Josh Jones, 202/551-5334.

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