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Earle pays high tribute to Townes Van Zandt; son, wife shine also

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Steve Earle told of a failed intervention by his doomed friend and teacher Townes Van Zandt, not exactly reminiscing, at The Egg on Saturday. Earle recounted how Van Zandt had warned him always to use clean needles, then Van Zandt sang “Marie.” When Earle sang “Marie” himself on Saturday, the words about a dying mother and son — “If he’s a boy, I hope he don’t end up like me” — took on a special ...

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