Roots Rock

Steve Earle at Tradewinds, Part 1

Steve Earle

I haven’t posted about my favorite left-wing Tennessee via Mexico via East Texas outlaw in a while. Steve Earle hasn’t been quiet lately though. He’s a modern-day renaissance man: musician, poet, protester, playwright, you name it. He jokes that he has to keep himself that busy to keep him sober. He wasn’t doing so good there for a while (in the late 80’s and early 90’s). Well, since he got sober, and inspiration took over, Steve has been hitting us hard with some great albums: I Feel Alright, Train a Comin’, El Corazon, Jerusalem, among others. In ’98, Steve was on tour supporting one of my personal favorites, El Corazon (a tour that didn’t bring him to Phoenix, so I flew my butt to Montrose, Colorado to see him – well, actually my brother flew me).

This is a special show, folks. The locale is Tradewinds in Sea Bright, New Jersey. It’s February 6, 1998, and a certain someone is lurking in the audience watching this great show. I’ll give you part one here. In part two later this week, this certain someone hits the stage with Mr. Earle to fully complete roof tearage off the sucker.

Steve Earle & the Dukes
February 6, 1998
Sea Bright, NJ

Part One [ZIP]  ♦ [Part two here]

Christmas In Washington
Here I Am
Hardcore Troubador
My Old Friend The Blues
If You Fall
Mystery Train Part II
You Know The Rest
Windfall (Son Volt cover)
Copperhead Road
Telephone Road
More Than I Can Do
Now She’s Gone
Ft. Worth Blues
I Feel Alright
Poison Lovers

In recent Steve Earle news, he signed with New West Records recently. I’m looking forward to good things in ’07 from ol’ Steve.


  • Gram

    Thankyou so much for this. I am a big fan of Steve and always go see him when he plays in Scotland. I have a dozen or so bootlegs of his if anyone wants to trade.

    Thanks again. Gram, Aberdeen, Scotland

  • Brad

    Thanks! I’ve been a fan since Guitar Town, and love the whole ride he’s given us. One of my favorite quotes from a reviewer I’ve long forgotten: He sounds like what Bruce Springsteen would have sounded like if he had hitchiked through Texas with a Waylon Jennings songbook. Yeh.


  • Thierry

    It’s funny that you are posting this show this week – I’ve been a Steve Earle fan for years, and last weekend I picked up Copperhead Road on vinyl for a dollar. My girlfriend and I were listening to it this weekend, and we genuinely wondered how big Earle could’ve become if he hadn’t suffered from drug addiction. And I Feel Alright is a masterpiece. Period.

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