What a GREAT combination coming your way this week! Compelling conversation, amazing musical moments and an award that’ll make you smile (or cry, if you’re a softie like me).
Our old friend, singer / songwriter / actor (and author) Steve Earle joins us once again in eTown, this time bringing the rockin’ version of his band, The Dukes. Steve, as you may know, is a musical force to be reckoned with. His original songs have been recorded by the usual suspects (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, etc. as well as artists like Shawn Colvin, The Pretenders and more). And he’s always on the go, playing, performing, writing and working on multiple projects. He’s also an outspoken advocate on behalf of the downtrodden and the working folks of the world. At times controversial, yet high on the cool meter, he’s a man I’m happy to know.
Our other musical visitor this week is rising star Joe Purdy. Joe is a gifted songwriter, thoughtful and grounded beyond his years. He’s got a down home, soulful style of singing and playing I think you’ll like. He’ll share some insightfully well-crafted original songs with us (a quick bit of eTown trivia: One of songs he does on the show is one he finished writing right before the show began and taught it to me on the spot . . . He and I perform it for the first time ever for you this week. Man oh man I love being kept on my toes like that! If you get a chance, let me know how you think we did, will you?) Our award story is very cool, showcasing a North Carolina woman feeding the hungry in her community.This eTown episode was so popular the first time around that we’re bringing it back to you, this week in eTown. I hope you enjoy it. And if you want a visual, check out the videos of moments from the show too!