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ROOTS ROCK | Steve Earle & The Dukes

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It's hard to believe that Steve Earle's seminal outlaw country album, 1988's "Copperhead Road," is 30 years old. Earle is hitting the road to celebrate this milestone. And his album "Guitar Town," which went Gold in America and Platinum in Canada, is one of the finest records I've heard ever. Earle's tunes aren't cluttered or buried in production and instrumental wizardry. They are strong enough to fly on their own. A disciple of Townes Van Zandt, Earle has always preached that a musician's worth or success lies in the strength of the songs. Earle proves it with a catalogue of gems that has earned him three Grammy awards. This cat rocks. An American treasure.

Steve Earle & The Dukes, along with The Mastersons, play Saturday, December 1, 8 p.m. at Anthology, 336 East Avenue,$30-$35. 484-1964. anthologylive.com; steveearle.com.

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