Steve Earle’s most popular song, 1988’s ‘Copperhead Road’ from the album of the same name, was a song that had every radio listener singing along, and critics scrambling to categorize it. Earle himself called it one of his ‘heavy metal bluegrass’ tracks, while others have called it ‘country rock’ or ‘power twang’.
Earle himself can be just as difficult at times to categorize as a musician despite his country roots, but he has remained a critical and commercial success for decades. His flagship song may be from the 1980s, but he has kept extremely busy since then, releasing another thirteen albums in the past sixteen years and touring regularly across the United States the entire time.
Steve Earle: Grammy Award Winning Artist
He’s been rewarded for his efforts as well, with a Grammy win for ‘Best Contemporary Folk Album’ in 2005 (along with several other nominations over the years), a Mojo Maverick Award in London, and a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Grammy winning album, The Revolution Starts Now, was a major hit at the time and noteworthy for being a keen example of Earle’s characteristic political sentiments.
Steve Earle Niagara Falls Concert
In November 2016, Steve Earle will be playing in Niagara as the headliner for the Light of Day’s 10th anniversary show. The show, devoted to raising funds for research on Parkinson’s Disease, will be at Niagara’s Scotiabank Convention Centre for the first time since moving from its St Catharines site. Earle’s headline performance will be one night only, on November 18 at Scotiabank.
Fans of his earlier work will likely be aware that 2016 is the 30th anniversary of his first album, Guitar Town, so attendees should expect an amazing representation from that album at the show as well as a selection of his greatest hits across the three decades of his professional career.
As a mixture of several different blends of country, folk, rock and whatever other labels critics might be able to stick on him, Steve Earle has always been a solid showman and a compelling musician who’s never had a down period. Any fan of Earle’s so-called ‘power twang’ will be in for a treat.
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