Though Steve Earle proclaimed on his 2011 album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, the 67-year-old outlaw country torchbearer has fared far better than many of his friends and influences. The singer-songwriters that schooled Earle when he first arrived in Austin, TX in the 1970s are gone now, such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clarke. Their memories are far from forgotten, however, as their songs have rang through Earle’s tribute records with his backing band The Dukes including 2009’s Townes and 2019’s Guy.

In 2020, country lost another songwriting pillar in Jerry Jeff Walker. Steve Earle will pay tribute to the fallen cowboy troubadour dubbed “Mr. Bojangles” with a tribute album, Jerry Jeff. Set for digital release on May 27th via New West Records—with CD and vinyl arriving on August 26th—the album announcement arrives alongside the lead single “Gettin’ By”.

“This record completes the set, the work of my first-hand teachers,” Earle explains in the liner notes, referencing Townes and Guy. “The records were recorded and released in the order in which they left this world. But make no mistake—it was Jerry Jeff Walker who came first.”

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Steve Earle & The Dukes give their rockabilly, honky-tonk flair to “Gettin’ By”, lifted from Jerry Jeff’s 1973 album Viva Terlingua! Earle shamelessly admits his adoration for the late songwriter in the track’s opening, “Hi buckaroos / Steve Earle again / Trying to be Jerry Jeff once more.”

Listen to Steve Earle & The Dukes’ cover of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Gettin’ By” and click here to pre-order the upcoming tribute album. Earle has also added a slew of new tour dates set to carry him into early September. See below for a full list of concerts and click here for tickets. The full Jerry Jeff tracklist and album artwork are available below.

Steve Earle & The Dukes – “Gettin’ By” (Jerry Jeff Walker)

Jerry Jeff  Tracklist
Gettin’ By
Gypsy Songman
Little Bird
I Make Money (Money Don’t Make Me)
Mr. Bojangles
Hill Country Rain
Charlie Dunn
My Old Man
Old Road

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Steve Earle & The Dukes – 2022 Tour Dates:
April 23rd — Nashville, TN — Grand Ole Opry*
May 1st — Spicewood, TX — To Willie: A Birthday Celebration @ Luck Ranch*
May 13th — New York, NY — WFUV Highline Bash 2022 @ City Winery at Pier 57*
June 1st — Decatur, AL — Princess Theatre
June 3rd — Nashville, IN — Brown County Music Center
June 4th — Warrendale, PA — Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
June 5th — Phoenixville, PA — Colonial Theatre
June 7th — Springfield, MO — Gillioz Theatre
June 9th — Wichita, KS — Cotillion Ballroom
June 10th — Council Bluffs, IA — Westfair Amphitheater w/Turnpike Troubadours
June 11th — Waite Park, MN — The Ledge w/Turnpike Troubadours
June 14th — Chester, NY — Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center
June 16th — Torrington, CT — Warner Theatre
June 17th — Plymouth, NH — Flying Monkey Performance Center
June 18th — North Truro, MA — Payomet Performing Arts Center
June 19th — State College, PA — State Theatre
June 21st — Isle of Palms, SC — The Windjammer
June 23rd — New Orleans, LA — Tipitina’s
June 24th — New Braunfels, TX — Gruene Hall
June 25th — Fredericksburg, TX — The Backyard
July 1st — Rogers, AR — Outlaw Festival – Walmart Amphitheater
July 2nd — Dallas, TX — Outlaw Festival – Dos Equis Pavilion
July 4th — Austin, TX — Willie Nelson Picnic – Germania Amphitheater
July 7th — Deadwood, SD — Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
July 8th — Emigrant, MT — The Old Saloon
July 9th — Rexford, MT — Abayance Bay Marina
July 10th — Calgary, AB — Calgary Stampede
July 15th — Orillia, ON — Casino Rama Resort
July 16th — Oak Hill, NY — Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
July 17th — East Greenwich, RI — Greenwich Odeum
July 19th — Annapolis, MD — Ramshead
July 20th — Alexandria, VA — The Birchmere
July 22nd — Marietta, OH — The Adelphia
July 23rd — Lexington, KY — The Burl
July 24th — Pelham, TN — The Caverns
July 26th — Memphis, TN — Lafayette’s Music Room
July 29th — Kansas City, MO — Knuckleheads Saloon
Aug. 1st — Aspen, CO — Belly Up
Aug. 3rd — Boulder, CO — Chautauqua Auditorium
Aug. 5th — Des Moines, IA — Hoyt Sherman Place
Aug. 6th — Madison, WI — Barrymore Theatre
Aug. 9th — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
Aug. 11th — Regina, SK — Casino Regina
Aug. 12th — Edmonton, AB — River Cree Resort and Casino
Aug. 13th — Grand Prairie, AB — Bear Creek Folk Music Festival
Aug. 23rd — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour
Aug. 24th — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour
Sept. 3rd — Weston, CO — Caveman Festival
Sept. 6-9 — Big Indian, NY — Camp Copperhead @ Full Moon Resort*
*Steve Earle will appear solo.

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