LIVE: Steve Earle & the Dukes

The hardcore troubadour himself Steve Earle & the Dukes rolled into Belly Up on June 19.

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Welcome to guitar town! Old-school country rocker Steve Earle came through Belly Up on June 19 with his band, the Dukes.
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The Mastersons, composed of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore (who also play with Earle's Dukes), opened the show.
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"Guitar Town," Earle's breakout album, was released in 1986.
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The record hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and has twice made "Rolling Stone" magazine's top 500 albums of all time list.
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Earle didn't just write his own hits, however -- he also penned a number of chart-toppers for other musicians.
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Carl Perkins, Johnny Lee and Zella Lehr recorded songs written by Earle, as did Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris.
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Earle's music grew increasingly political, addressing such issues as the death penalty and the Iraq war.
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As a producer, Earle has worked with Joan Baez, who had previously covered two of his songs.
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In all, Earle has released more than a dozen studio albums.
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The Mastersons, made up of a married couple who also play in Earle's backing band, the Dukes, opened the show.
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They play a mix of indie rock with an occasional twangy influence.
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