Steve Earle & the Dukes has been cancelled. In place of this appearance, the North Mississippi Allstars will perform at Ships of the Sea in this time slot.
Steve Earle has turned many musical corners in his career, equally acclaimed as a folk troubadour, a rockabilly raver, a honky-tonk rounder, a snarling rocker and even a bluegrass practitioner. He is a published author, has been an actor on the HBO series The Wire and Treme, has had his songs recorded by such artists as Johnny Cash, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, and has collaborated on projects with The Pogues, Sheryl Crow, Del McCoury Band and Lucinda Williams, among many others. For his debut performance at SMF, Earle is backed by his long-time band The Dukes, consisting of guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelley Looney, and new members drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. Steve Earle & The Dukes’ newest project, So You Wanna Be An Outlaw, is inspired by and dedicated to Waylon Jennings and his seminal outlaw music album, Honky Tonk Heroes.
“…a spiritual godfather for country’s current renaissance. He embodies an artistic ideal for young artists attempting to maintain their authenticity while continuing to evolve.”