A little trip to Dallas on Monday evening offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with legendary outlaw country musician Steve Earle, who is playing an in-store performance at Good Records.
The man who brought country music fans down to “Copperhead Road” in 1988 is doing a tour of record stores to promote his new album, “So You Wannabe an Outlaw,” which was released Friday. “Outlaw” features appearances from Willie Nelson (on the title track), Miranda Lambert and Johnny Bush, who originally wrote “Whiskey River.”
The in-store performance is free and open to the public, but purchase of a copy of “Outlaw” — on CD, deluxe-edition CD or LP — will get attendees a wristband that allows closer access to Earle’s performance.
Earle’s 16th studio album channels Waylon Jennings’ “Honky Tonk Heroes” era and was released just a day after Jennings would have turned 80 years old. The deluxe CD includes four additional tracks, including Earle’s take on Jennings’ 1975 homage to Hank Williams, “Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way.”
Earle used the lull before releasing “Outlaw” to write the score and act in “Samara,” an off-Broadway musical.