Steve Earle
Steve Earle at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville in 2008.

Steve Earle is set to play The Orange Peel on Aug. 27, according to the tour schedule listed on Earle’s official website. Earle is an alt country king who has another tie to the Asheville area: he has a role in an independent film shot in the mountains earlier this year. The World Made Straight is based on the novel of the same name by local literary star Ron Rash.

UPDATE: The show is going to be a benefit for the WNC Alliance and its Save the French Broad campaign. From the WNC Alliance:

Steve Earle is bringing his legendary song writing and Grammy winning compilations to Asheville help save the French Broad River in an Aug. 27 show at the Orange Peel.

The concert is a highlight of the “Save the French Broad” campaign, a partnership between the Western North Carolina Alliance and its French Broad Riverkeeper, SweetWater Brewing Company and 98.1 The River to raise money and awareness to clean up and protect the French Broad River.

Tickets go on sale at noon July 11.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show is at 9. (Open to ages 18 and up.) Tickets are $24 in advance and $26 the day of show.

VIP tickets are $50 and include a meet-and-greet with Steve Earle, local food, SweetWater beer and a reception in PULP at 6:30 p.m. (Ages 21 and up).

I last saw Earle at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. (That’s where I shot the photo above.) I’m excited about Earle’s return. Here’s more about his latest album, The Low Highway, which was released in April, from

Released in April by New West Records, The Low Highway is essentially a musical travelogue, one that encompasses the anti-Wal-Mart “Burnin’ It Down,” the bluesy “Calico County,” and the touching “Warren Hellman’s Banjo,” a tribute to the late Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder.

“It started out with me wanting to write a record of songs for my band to play,” says Earle, “because I had the best band out supporting I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive that I ever had. So I felt like it was time to record with my own band again.”

But as the songs developed, it became clear that they were adding up to something more.


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