Monday, September 19, 2005

Fucks and thank yous

Don Was (record producer)
Tom Morello (musician)
Adrien Brody (actor)
Harry Dean Stanton (actor)
Mike Stinson (L.A. country rocker) and Pamela Des Barres (writer, groupie). Des Barres sporting a 'I [HEART] Mike Stinson' sticker on her purse.

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The above folks were in the audience at last night's Kris Kristofferson/Steve Earle concert. Earle peppered his between-song banter with well-placed 'fucks.' While Kristofferson almost abruptly ended each of his 20-plus songs by saying the same quick, turned-head 'thank you.' Activism was the theme of the night. Kristofferson was very good, Earle was legendary.

Here's why. Midway through his set, Earle strapped on a mandolin and began a history lesson about the Civil War, about literature, about songwriting, about the economics of war, about that war and this war, and on, and on. This went on for at least five minutes. He got a standing ovation at the end of his set. He should have gotten one for this intro.

He ended it with - "It's amazing the pinko shit you can get away with in a bluegrass song" - before launching in to "Dixieland" - a song he wrote and recorded with the Del McCoury Band.

5 Comments:

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

sounds like a great night!

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger JMH said...

I think Steve Earle should do a spoken word show, along the lines of what Henry Rollins has done for years. The man has much to say that folks need to hear.

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Or a documentary about American history?

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger CHW said...

Goddamn I love Steve Earle. A true treasure.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

Steve Earle has a Blog!!

Check it out!
http://www.steveearle.com/blog.html

 

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