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While his label might read country, Steve Earle's style flows between rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, bluegrass and more. And in true red, white and blue fashion, outspoken politics simmer just below the surface. Earle's views are shaped largely by his staunch, anti-war stance. Earle bid adieu to former Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush with the song "Little Emperor" on his 2011 album, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive.
Earle is also no stranger to hard times, which imbues his tracks with a barroom blues vibe. Midway through his decades-long career, he hit a low-point in his battle with substance abuse and landed in prison on drug and firearms charges. But when he came out clean, he returned to music at full stride.
Boise Weekly will present an evening with Earle at the Egyptian Theatre Tuesday, July 31.[ Video is no longer available. ]