Steve Earle and his band the Dukes last played the Englert  in September 2011.  Although this time wife and band member Alison Moorer was absent. Steve told the audience that Alison and their son John Henry did not go on this leg of his tour to allow John Henry to be at home. Steve said that John Henry had taken his first steps at eight months on their tour bus. Steve dedicated  “Every Part of Me” to his wife.

It was evident that Steve missed his family, focusing on his music rather than his customary stories and political insights.  Steve did tell however share one story about the time as a teenager he and his friends scrapped up $8.00 each to attend a ZZ Top concert that included Wishbone Ash, Doobie Brothers and Fleetwood Mac. His refection on his youth segued into ” Telephone Road” from his 1997 record  “El Corazon.”

The twenty-four song set began with ” Waitin on the Sky” followed by “little Emperor” and “Mystery Train II.” ” My Old Friend the Blues” received  immediate crowd approval as did his signature “Guitar Town-Copperhead Road.” After a spirited “Meet Me in the Alleyway,” Steve announced that he and his band with Alison Moyer had just completed a new record in Nashville in five days.  He played two songs from the upcoming record, “Burnin’ it Down” and Calico County.” The record is scheduled for a February 2012 release.

Unlike his last appearance at the Englert, Steve played balls to the wall electric guitar on the remainder of his set, including “Taneytown,” “Trobadour” and “The Revolution Starts… Now.” In 70’s feedback fashion he closed the set with “Unrepentant” where he and lead guitarist Chris Masterson placed their guitars in front of the amps allowing the final strains of the song to resonate in the theatre. Steve kneeled infront of his pedals and guitar effects orchestrating the mesmerizing strains of their final chords.

After a short break the band returned for an encore which included the Bob Dylan penned “It Takes  A lot to Laugh and a Train to Cry.”Following the show Steve and his band meet with fans, signed autographs and basically hung out for over an hour.

The only thing missing was Alison Moorer, who over the years has been an inspiration for Steve. I am confident that she and Steve will return to the area, because like said, “Alison is still a member of the band.”

The Mastersons opened.

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.