LIVE REVIEW: JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE / ROSEANNE REID @ Live Theatre, Newcastle | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Tonight for one night only in the Live Theatre it’s the sons and daughters of famous fathers and first up is Roseanne Reid, the eldest daughter of Proclaimer Craig. Perhaps more importantly though, Roseanne has long been championed by Steve Earle which leads to her presence tonight. Steve’s appreciation of the Edinburgh artist is justified tonight on a set of heartfelt acoustic numbers, all stripped and bare and finger-picked from Amy to What Constitutes A Sin and the country swing of Me Oh My.

Sin is high on the agenda for Steve’s son, Justin Townes Earle on his new record The Saint Of Lost Causes. Taking to the stage armed with just an acoustic guitar, all overly long limbs and having addressed many of the same demons his father has, he’s impossible to take your eyes off. Mixing up a set of new and old and covers, he stands and sings tracks like the new old school country blues of One Night In Brooklyn from the new record, before going for a little circular wander around the stage and livening it up with the folky They Killed John Henry from his best album Midnight At The Movies. He makes no secret of the fact that he has a famous father, acknowledging that he’s probably part of the reason that both he and the audience are here tonight, but songs like the achingly poignant Mama’s Eyes are as good, if not better, than anything Steve has ever penned. Finishing off as he often does with a countrified version of The Replacements classic, Can’t Hardly Wait seems apt for a man who’s led a hard-drinking life and lived to tell the tale.  

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