Earle received a Grammy for the album "The Revolution Starts... Now" containing among other songs a duet with Emmylou Harris and a declaration of lust for Condoleeza Rice.
His 2002 album "Jerusalem" generated quite a bit of controversy for the song "John Walker's Blues" which tried to ponder the question of why a young American would become an Islamic militant. Earle, who has described himself as a "lefty redneck" and a "borderline Marxist" never apologized for the song, but said it's the role of artists to be society's conscience.
Rolling Stone Magazine, described his music as "a cow-punk update of the Clash."
The Southeast Alaska State Fair has also contracted with Laura Love (Friday, July 29) and bluesman Elvin Bishop (Thursday, July 28). With those headlining acts, the Fair is more than likely to draw a big audience from outside Southeast.
Laura Love, a bass player with an incredible voice who is no stranger to SEAlaska Fair faithful, will bring her entire band. Love has referred to her eclectic style as "folk-funk," "Afro-Celtic" or "hip-Alachian"
Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Elvin Bishop has been singing down-home blues for almost 40 years. He was a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the 1960s and is regarded as being on the forefront of electric blues guitarists. Bishop's music is a mix of blues and contemporary funk and rock with a touch of country.
Rolling Stone referred to Bishop's music as "a good-time romp...raucous blues with high-energy soloing, mixtures of careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit."
The Southeast Alaska State Fair is set for July 27-31. Tickets for the headlining acts are expected to go on sale this month.