Legendary songwriter Steve Earle comes to town

Tickets flew out the door the minute the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre announced he was coming to the Valley for a performance.

Steve Earle & the Dukes!

Tickets flew out the door the minute the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre announced he was coming to the Valley for a performance Monday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

A three-time Grammy-winning artist and new country pioneer, Earle uses his passionate live show to take audiences along all the backroads of country music: honky tonk, rockabilly, truckstop blues, and old-fashioned Texas blues.

He’s touring his 16th album, Terraplane, described by Mojo as “Earle’s passion for blues in its rawest form.”

On his website, Earle is described as “a protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.”

Earle quickly gained respect as his songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders and Joan Baez.

In 1986 Earle’s debut record, Guitar Town, shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “new country.”

What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the famous Copperhead Road, Train a Comin’, Jerusalem and Grammy-winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now, Washington Square Serenade and Townes.

It’ll be a night to remember for those lucky enough to get a ticket.