It was a Tuesday night in Macon, GA when Steve Earle and Dukes rolled into town. This was a special night for all fans of his music, as he played for nearly 2 full hours without any intermission.
Opening for him were the husband and wife duo - The Mastersons. Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore who both grew up in Texas, and music seemingly courses through their veins. Incredible musicians in their own right, the magic truly happens when they come together through beautifully harmonized vocals and inextricably entwined instrumental parts.
These two incredible musicians comprised 2/5 of Steve Earle's band, as Chris switched effortlessly between electric and acoustic guitars, pedal-steel, and the B-Bender telecaster. Eleanor also contributed on keyboards and violin throughout the night.
When Steve Earle took the stage around 9pm, the Capitol Theatre had filled out nicely, and the crowd was ready for one of world's most renowned outlaw folk singers of our time. Steve delivered with incredible stage presence and witty - sometimes cynical - banter, but kept the energy high throughout the night. Playing hits like "Someday" and "Copperhead Road" had the entire place dancing and singing along to the lyrics. Steve's repertoire spans nearly 4 decades and he even copped that "I suppose you write a lot of songs when you don't die"! Steve had "one-liners" for days, and even reminisced about the time he met Mance Lipscomb and Lightin' Hopkins while hanging out with Townes Van Zandt one night in Texas.
As the auspicious evening came to a close, Macon was truly lucky to have such a prolific performer grace our sleepy southern town (on a Tuesday night no less), and we sincerely hope to see Steve Earle and The Dukes perform in Macon again soon.
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