Earle has had a long and storied career. Early on, he met Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, touring for a while with Clark’s band and doing backup vocals for several Nashville artists.
His first commercial album, “Guitar Town,” was released in 1986 by MCA, going gold and followed up by “Copperhead Road,” one of his most popular albums.
Earle was addicted to heroin for many years, and the substance abuse finally caught up with him. He quit touring in 1992 and spent several months in jail, where he finally kicked the habit.
In Dallas a couple of years back, Earle reflected on that time.
“One day, Townes [who had his own problems with addiction] came to my house,” Earle reflected. “He said, ‘Are you using clean needles?’ You know things are pretty bad when you get a temperance lecture from Townes Van Zandt.”
His comeback album, “Train A Comin’” was nominated for a Grammy in 1996.
In 2005, he won a Grammy for “The Revolution Starts ... Now.” The title song was used in the promotion of Michael Moore’s anti-war film “Fahrenheit 9/11.” He also appears in the 2008 political documentary “Slacker Uprising.”
His 2010 album, “Townes,” was a tribute to his long-time friend, mentor and touring partner who died on Jan. 1, 1997. The album won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
He’s also a published author, having written a novel and a book of short stories. His play, “Karla,” was based on the story of Texas death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman executed since the death penalty was reactivated.
Earle has also taken up acting, appearing on HBO in several episodes of “The Wire” and “Treme,” set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Earle’s private life has also been the source of a lot of press. He’s been married seven times, twice to the same woman. Since 2005, he has been quietly settled into married life with musician Allison Moorer. Their first child, John Henry, was born in early 2010.
His oldest son, Justin Townes Earle, is following in his father’s footsteps. The younger Earle has released five critically acclaimed albums. Justin has also had a very public battle with addiction, the latest resulting in a stint in rehab.
Tickets for Thursday’s show range from $36 to $58. Doors open at 7 p.m. Check out the Granda’s Sunset Grill for a pre-show dinner. For more information, visit www.granadatheater.com or call 214-824-9933.
Check out Friday’s News-Telegram for a complete review of the show.
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