Steve Earle & The Dukes blend music and politics in Ontario

Steve Earle & the Dukes

By Carey Langsner, Rock At Night Ontario Correspondent

Venue: The Sanderson Centre, Brantford, Ontario–September 19, 2017

Steve Earle & The Dukes played at The Sanderson Centre in Brantford, Ontario on Tuesday September 19th, delivering a two hour long set that featured music spanning Earle’s career to a very appreciative audience.

Opening the evening was the husband and wife duo The Mastersons.  The Mastersons play a type of alternative country music covering a range of human emotions, with Chris Masterson playing an acoustic guitar while Eleanor Whitmore plays her fiddle.

The Mastersons

This tour is in support of Steve Earle’s new CD “So You Want To Be An Outlaw”, so to get the crowd ready for Steve Earle and The Dukes, the biggest country outlaw’s song, Johnny Cash’s “When The Man Comes Around” was blasted through the speakers just before the band took the stage.

The Dukes features long time bassist Kelly Looney [who was with Steve Earle when he released “Copperhead Road” back in the late 80’s], Rickey Ray Jackson on the pedal steel, drummer Brad Pemberton, and The Mastersons with Chris on electric guitar and Eleanor on the fiddle.

When they took the stage, Steve Earle and The Dukes started the show by playing six songs from the new album.  They started with the title track “So You Want To Be An Outlaw” followed by “Lookin’ For A Woman”, “The Firebreak Line”, “Walk In L.A.”, Sunset Highway”, and ‘News From Colorado”.

During the remainder of the two-hour set, Earle would tell some stories between songs, about the political situations around the world but mostly about the political situation in the USA. While playing, the band covered songs from throughout Earle’s career including some of his biggest hits like “Guitar Town”, “Jerusalem” and of course “Copperhead Road”.


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