Here is Steve Earle in Concert at the Crest Theatre Downtown Sacramento

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steve earle crest theatre sacramentoDespite my busy day yesterday -- cleaning up my short sale listings, doing a presentation to Lyon agents, attending a short sale closing -- I mustered up the energy to go to the Steve Earle concert at the Crest Theatre last night. The stage was bare, except for a table holding 2 bottles of water, a microphone, couple of speakers and 2 instruments. Most shows start on time at the Crest, but this one began about 15 minutes late.

Steve Earle walked on stage, dressed in faded blue jeans, a red and brown plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, and he had a long graying beard, neatly trimmed. His hair is thinning in the front, but still long. He sported glasses without frames, so from a distance it may appear as though he wasn't wearing glasses when he was, which I suppose was on purpose. Although, I've never considered him to be a person who cared much about appearance, I suspect those glasses say he does.

On the way to the Crest, as we drove past the California State Capitol, I noticed a creature by the sidewalk. At first I thought it was a cat, but upon closer inspection, it was definitely a raccoon. Just sitting there, washing its little masked face. He reminded me of Steve Earle.steve earle crest theatre sacramento

The bottles of water on stage were in stark contrast to the concerts of old when bottles of beer used to be prevalent. Ah, the good old days. The days of artists puking on stage and dying at a young age. I wondered if Earle was in rehab, and it turns out he is 15 years sober -- a recovering heroin addict.

Earlier this year, Earle released, Townes, a tribute album of songs that were written by his hero and friend, the late Townes Van Zandt, and he performed a number of songs from that record. He opened with Rex's Blues and talked some of the way through it. Explaining how this guy used to hop on his horse Amigo and ride 58 miles from Aspen, Colorado, to Crested Butte. Earle said he was 17 then and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Then he paused and said, "I'm 54 now, and I still think it's the coolest thing ever."

He followed that tune with "Colorado Girl" -- which I've always liked, especially since I used to live in the mountains in Colorado -- and launched into a long-time favorite "Pancho and Lefty." All in all, he played for a little over 2 hours and, despite the late hour, I didn't fall asleep as I thought I might. But then we were sitting in the second row, and that does tend to keep me up past my bedtime as compared to the nose-bleed section.

My only regret about the show was he didn't sing "Wabash Cannonball." I suppose he never will.

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Comments (10)

C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Wow... seems like such a nice way to spend the evening. I love music. I shall have to check him out in iTunes. I hope he is there. :-)

Oct 06, 2009 03:38 AM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

Why is it that entertainers experiment with drugs and booze. It must open up the creative part of us.

Oct 06, 2009 03:43 AM
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

Hi, Elizabeth:

We went to see Steve Earle at Floore's Country Store in Helotes last year. My husband is a fan, and one of our friends is a HUGE fan. He did a good show. I'll forward your post to him--he will be thrilled.



Oct 06, 2009 04:02 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi C: I imagine you would like him. Some people disagree with his politics, but it takes all kinds in this world.

Hi Terry: I don't know if it's so much that drugs fuel creativity as it is that entertainers get more publicity, so we hear it about it. If an accountant gets arrested for DUI, it doesn't make the front splash page of People or get joked about on the Jay Leno show.

Hi Robin: I've been a fan of Steve Earle for a long time. I hope your friend likes the review.

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Oct 06, 2009 05:00 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Elizabeth, that is a pretty good music gig for the audience at two hours. I thought you gave a great description.

Oct 06, 2009 06:38 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Riding a horse from Crested Butte to Aspen - is the coolest thing.   Townes Van Zandt & Steve Earle, pretty cool too -- thank goodness for YouTube or I'd have to go dust off the old album and hear a few of the old songs!  Great write up and blast from the past, thanks Elizabeth!

Oct 06, 2009 07:11 AM
Jesse Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates - Fairbanks, AK

Hey, Elizabeth... been a while since I've been over here to your neck of the AR wood.  :)  Sounds like Earle put on a good show... and kudos to him for being clean for 15 years.  No small feat I'm sure.

Oct 06, 2009 12:44 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Gary, Mary and Jesse: When I write blogs about musicians whom I admire and relate to such as Steve Earle is when I find out who my true compadres are. :)

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Oct 06, 2009 05:20 PM