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Words and Images by: James Martin

Steve Earle :: 01.04.13 :: Mateel Community Center :: Redway, CA

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On the first Friday night of the new year, a small community tucked behind the redwood curtain in Northern California called Redway was treated to an intimate solo acoustic show with the legend himself, Steve Earle at the Mateel Community Center. One man and his artillery of lyrics, string instruments and harmonica: the perfect setting to showcase some of Earle’s greatest tunes, as well as a handful of new songs from his upcoming album.

When a man wears his heart on his sleeve and shares his thoughts and stories from the truths he knows, one tends to listen, and listen good. Steve Earle has a masterful knack for this sort of idyllic story-telling, in spoken word and song – he is one of the best. His vast discography travels a broad range of emotion, from tender ballads such as “God is God” and “Sparkles and Shines” to politically charged, rockin’ tunes such as “Devil’s Right Hand” and “Copperhead Road”. While his solo show was entirely acoustic, he did not fail to deliver with some of his more rockin’ tunes with any less gusto than usual. A new track true to his form titled “I’m thinking about Burning the Walmart Down” was preceded with a warning, “This is gonna piss a lot of people off” and a chuckle. He managed to engage the audience to sing along with “Steve’s Hammer” and “City of Immigrants,” two obvious crowd-pleasers.

When introducing his song “Jerusalem,” he spoke of his upcoming trip to the country with great anticipation of finally visiting an area he has sung about for years. He ended the night with a 3-song encore including this as well as “The Mountain” and his classic “Guitar Town”. Walking out of the show it was obvious he had truly touched this community, nestled in the forest, with more than just his music. He touched them with his heart.

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[Published on: 1/25/13]

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