Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses, Gateshead Sage Centre, 26th October 2011

This was the eagerly-awaited return of Steve Earle and The Dukes (and Duchesses), featuring long-time rhythm section of Will Rigby and Kelly Looney, plus multi-instrumentalists Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore (aka The MaSteve Earlestersons) and current wife Allison Moorer. Not for the first time, an early start caught a few punters out and , as usual, he started out with some songs from his latest cd.  ‘Oldies’ came along in the shape of ‘My Old Friend The Blues’ and ‘Someday’ and Allison Moorer got to do a few numbers(incl. a great version of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’. (Check out her solo cd  ‘The Hardest Part’)

Only a 20 minute interval , and they were straight into ‘Copperhead Road’. The 2nd set included older and newer stuff, including songs from The Mountain’, and Kelly Looney was given a song, as were The Mastersons. Mr Earle always gives value for money, and the extended encore finished with ‘The Unrepentant’. Plenty of vintage songs, such as ‘Devil’s Right Hand’ and ‘Hillbilly Highway’ made it a good mix and a cracking show

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