Americana outlaw Steve Earle storms into the Plaza Live this week


  • Chad Batka
“Alt” is one sketchy prefix these days. So out of due respect for these exceptional acts, let’s just call this an “independent” country bill. As far as music figures go, the legendary Steve Earle is an iconoclast par excellence. Though not in the traditional Waylon sense, he’s a country outlaw if ever there was one. His rebellion manifests less in style and more in attitude, approach and stark contrast with the country music establishment. And it’s made for a cred-heavy reputation that’s spanned more than three decades and produced landmark work. Opening are the Mastersons, the notable husband-wife duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore. Regular features at Steve Earle shows, the two are very accomplished and connected musicians, with a collective résumé that includes work in Earle’s band as well as collaborations with Son Volt, Regina Spektor and Jack Ingram. Together and on their own, they make Americana that’s elegant, expansive and definitely worth showing up early for.

with the Mastersons | 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 407-228-1220 | | $39.50-$69.50


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