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Steve Earle And The Dukes Play Ridgefield Playhouse

Grammy-award winning “New Country” artist Steve Earle and The Dukes bring their country- and blues-based songs to The Ridgefield Playhouse July 16.
Grammy-award winning “New Country” artist Steve Earle and The Dukes bring their country- and blues-based songs to The Ridgefield Playhouse July 16. Photo Credit: Provided

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Master songwriter Steve Earle and The Dukes will perform their new blues album at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Earle has been described as having mastered making the most of his voice – a voice weathered by hard touring throughout the decades, according to a press release.

With his new album "Terraplane," the songwriter and his longtime band (Kelly Looney, Will Rigby, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore) have delivered a 37-minute bluesy growler that drags us through the dirt and enlightens us at the same time,  according to a press release.

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and others.

In 1986, Earle received critical acclaim with the release of his debut record, “Guitar Town,” which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.”

Now, at the age of 60, Earle has 1,000 stories, six ex-wives, and 16 studio albums recorded over nearly three decades.

His latest, "Terraplane," is a collection of blues-based songs he wrote during a difficult separation from his latest wife, songwriter Allison Moorer.

Earle's special guest are The Mastersons – the husband-and-wife duo and members of Earle’s band The Dukes.

Start or end your evening at Tiger’s Den Sports Bar & Grill, 23 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, and receive a complimentary draft beer or house wine your with dinner or visit after the show and receive 15 percent off bill.

For tickets ($45), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203)-438-5795, or online . The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street.

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