Songwriter Steve Earle to play Grass Valley in January |

Songwriter Steve Earle to play Grass Valley in January

The Center for the Arts is bringing legendary songwriter Steve Earle to its Main Stage Theater this January.

A protégé of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

“We are thrilled to present Steve Earle in our series of headlining artists in the intimate 300-seat Main Stage theater,” said Center executive director Julie Baker. “Patrons have told us over and over that they would gladly pay more to see an artist at The Center — up close and personal with great sound. Performers who normally play much larger venues, from Cowboy Junkies to Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams to Shawn Colvin, are now seeking The Center for special dates because of the quality of the venue and our enthusiastic audience.

“An Evening with Steve Earle is a great next show in the series,” Baker continued. “Earle is a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, an actor in HBO’s hit show ‘Treme’ and an acclaimed author. How lucky we are to see this caliber of artist in our own backyard.”

Earle made his debut in 1986 with Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.”

What followed was a varied array of releases, including the biting hard rock of “Copperhead Road” (1988), the minimalist beauty of “Train A Comin’” (1995), the politically charged masterpiece “Jerusalem” (2002) and the Grammy-winning albums “The Revolution Starts Now” (2004), “Washington Square Serenade” (2007) and “Townes” (2009).

“I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive” (2011) is Earle’s 14th studio album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel.

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