SXSW 2019: Steve Earle Tips His Hat to ‘Teacher’ Guy Clark at New West Showcase


Steve Earle gave Guy Clark his due another time on Friday evening (March 15), closing his preliminary blast of dates launching the upcoming Guy tribute album with a heartfelt South By Southwest efficiency on the Mohawk.

Earle and his Dukes began the run March eight in Denver however have, appropriately, been taking part in largely in Clark and Earle’s residence state of Texas, together with a few report retailer appearances and a set on the Luck Reunion on Thursday (March 14) on Willie Nelson’s ranch outdoors Austin. 

On Friday, in the meantime, Earle and his Dukes served as nominal headliner of New West Records’ two-stage showcase, taking part in fives songs from the tribute album — set for a March 29 launch — together with a few favorites from Earle’s personal canon.

Earle spoke fondly about Clark, who he known as his “instructor,” telling the gang that his personal youth spent vacationing in Texas’ hill nation meant he knew “precisely what Guy was writing about” in “Rita Ballou.” He launched “Desperados Waiting For a Train” with an extended story about arranging for some barbeque to be dropped at Clark not lengthy earlier than he handed away in 2016.

“When I used to be strolling out the door… I requested him, ‘Guy, how was the barbeque,’ and he mentioned…’Pork,’” Earle recalled. “The final thing my instructor mentioned to me was ‘pork.’ And I’m OK with that.”

The starting of the night was equally private for Earle as he checked out son Justin Townes Earle’s efficiency within the Mohawk’s small inside room. The youthful Earle previewed materials from his upcoming album The Saint of Lost Causes (May 24) but in addition delivered a very poignant “Mama’s Eyes,” with its opening line “I’m my father’s son.”

Friday’s present additionally included Clark-related tracks corresponding to “Dublin Blues,” “Texas 1947” and “The Last Gunfighter Ballad” earlier than Earle and firm wrapped together with his hits “Guitar Town” and “Copperhead Road.”

Earle and the Dukes subsequent play April 27 on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and have sporadic dates introduced, thus far, all through the summer season.