Sunday, Aug. 4, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $29.50 plus any applicable service fees.
Steve Earle, the author of “Guitar Town,” “Copperhead Road,” “Transcendental Blues” and 100 more masterpiece songs, would be the first to tell you it is one thing to perform “Desperados Waiting For A Train” and another to be its creator.
There are plenty of covers better than the original. But “Desperados...” will forever reside with Guy Clark, the songwriter singing his song, just him and his guitar. That is the main thing Clark has to tell you: to remember the cornerstone, never forget where you came from.
There was another reason, Earle said, he couldn’t “get out of” making “GUY”. “You know,” he said, “as you live your life, you pile up these regrets. I’ve done a lot of things that might be regrettable, but most of them I don’t regret because I realize I couldn’t have done anything else at the time.”
Earle didn’t think making “GUY” paid off some debt, as if it really could. Like the Townes record, Guy is a saga of friendship, its ups and downs, what endures. It is lucky for us that Earle remembers and honors these things, because like old friends, “GUY” is a diamond.