A select group of Steve Earle fans were treated to a super-intimate set last night at the historic Electric Lady Studios on West 8th Street. Earle, who said he came down with a cold shortly before the show, didn't show any signs of ailment whatsoever as he and his band the Dukes kicked through an hour-long set featuring songs from their new blues album, Terraplane.
John Peabody for the Village Voice Steve Earle at Electric Lady Studios
Earle switched effortlessly from harmonica to mandolin to acoustic guitar and a wailing electric for the band's last songs of the night, which included a supreme version of "Hey Joe," an obvious ode to the original proprietor of the studio. Jimi Hendrix commissioned the psychedelic mural on the back wall, Earle told the crowd, though sadly he wouldn't live long enough to see it completed or record much in the studio. "He went to play Isle of Wight and never came back," Earle said wistfully.
As for how Earle liked playing in the space?
"It's got ghosts in it," Earle said. "But I'm not opposed to that."More »