Say what you will about roots rocker Steve Earle; his reputation as an irascible insurgent is well-founded. In a career spanning nearly two decades, he's been labeled an outlaw and renegade on one hand, a musical savior on the other; a melding of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, and Hank Williams in one improbable persona. A passionate performer, albeit one seemingly possessed by demons real and imagined, Earle's ability to court controversy rides on his outspoken attitude. Daringly defiant, his "John Walker's Blues," a defense of the American Taliban, shocked fans and outraged others. His most recent album, The Revolution Starts Now, released this past fall in a desperate attempt to sway public opinion prior to the elections, upped the ante on antagonism. Nevertheless, expect Earle to continue to weigh in on the national debate over America's future.
perform at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at the Carefree Theater, 2000 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $32.50. Call 561-833-7305.