Steve Earle, Dawn Landes Agenda All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Feb. 1-4, 8 p.m. 2015

Considering that Steve Earle has long been a disciple of Texas troubadours like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark—songwriters who often got in front of a microphone with nothing more than a battered acoustic guitar—it’s kind of odd that his voluminous discography doesn’t include a proper solo album. Of course, Earle has long made going against the grain a calling card, and the generational gap between him and those Lone Star influences included some crucial exposure to flinty rock music. There’s certainly plenty of sneering rock attitude on 2013’s The Low Highway (New West), a diverse album that reflects the full complexion of his work, from the hard-rocking twang that accompanies a brutal portrait of a rural meth lab (“Calico County”) to some Cajun grit (“That All You Got?”), and from stripped-down Hank Sr.-style honky-tonk (the title track) to jacked-up old-time music (“Warren Hellman’s Banjo”). No matter the arrangement or thrust, all of these songs are sparked by Earle’s outsize personality. Prior to the release of his upcoming band album, Terraplane (out mid-February), he’s rolling into town for a four-night residency, armed with nothing but his own battered guitar, a huge songbook, and storytelling skills to rival any Texan’s. —Peter Margasak

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