SMA Presents

Steve Earle & The Dukes

with special guest The Mastersons
Fri, Aug 2 7:30pm Weesner Family Amphitheater

SMA Presents


with special guest The Mastersons



7:00PM Doors | 7:30PM Music

VIP Box Seat $60.00 | Reserved Seats $47.50
(plus applicable fees)

Reserved tickets available online at, or charge by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

Rock/folk band Steve Earle & The Dukes, with special guest The Mastersons, return to the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo on Friday, August 2 for the 27th season of Music in the Zoo!

About Steve Earle & The Dukes

Steve Earle’s newest album, GUY, was inspired by his friendship with Guy Clark. “GUY wasn’t really a hard record to make,” Earle said. “We did it fast, five or six days with almost no overdubbing. I wanted it to sound live…When you’ve got a catalog like Guy’s and you’re only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong.” It was a different process with GUY than his previous album, TOWNES. Clark didn’t have that one career-defining hit, but he wasn’t exactly unknown. “Desperados,” “LA Freeway” were pre-“Americana” style hits. “New Cut Road” charted for Bobby Bare and was recorded by Johnny Cash. “Heartbroke” was a # 1 country record for Ricky Skaggs in 1982. But when you added it up, Clark’s songs wove together into variegated life tapestry, far more than the sum of the parts.

Earle and his current, perhaps best ever, bunch of Dukes take on these songs with a spirit of reverent glee and invention. The tunes are all over the place and so is the band, offering max energy on such disparate entries as the bluegrass rave-up “Sis Draper” and talking blues memoir of “Texas 1947.” Earle’s raw vocal on the sweet, sad “That Old Time Feeling” is heartbreaking, sounding close enough to the grave as to be doing a duet with his dead friend. GUY is now available.

About The Mastersons

For the last seven years, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore – The Mastersons – have kept up a supremely inexorable touring schedule, performing as both the openers for Steve Earle and as members of his band, The Dukes, in addition to playing their own relentless slate of headline shows and festivals. It was Earle, in fact, who pushed the duo to record their acclaimed debut, Birds Fly South, in the first place. Upon its release in 2012, Birds Fly South was a breakout critical hit on both sides of the pond, with Esquire dubbing The Mastersons one of the “Bands You Need To Know Right Now”. Two years later, they followed it up with Good Luck Charm, premiered by the NY Times and praised by Mother Jones for its “big-hearted lyrics, tight song structures, and sweetly intertwined harmonies.” Their most recent album, Transient Lullaby, is out now.