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Steve Earle takes on the blues

On his latest album, “Terraplane,” Steve Earle sings the blues.

“It was kind of intimidating because of where I come from, Texas. There’s no New York shuffle or L.A. shuffle, just the Chicago Shuffle and the Texas Shuffle. I know a lot of people who do this for a living, and I’m going to run into them at some point,” said the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, who will perform with his band, The Dukes, Tuesday at the Cox Capitol Theatre. “I wanted to write these songs, and it was a good time in my life to do it. The blues are something pretty much everyone can relate to.”

Often categorized as a country artist, Earle said he’s really a folk singer who got his start in coffee houses and moved to Nashville when he was 19.

“There were some pretty cool things going on there then. We all were trying to make a living as songwriters in the post-Kris Kristofferson era until we could get a record of our own out. It was like a university for songwriters. I’d find myself in somebody’s house or hotel room with a guitar going around the room,” Earle said.

He has played with the Dukes in some form since 1982. The latest members include bassist Kelly Looney, drummer Will Rigby, guitarist Chris Masterson and fiddler Eleanor Whitmore. Masterson and Whitmore play together as The Mastersons and will open the show.

Steve Earle and The Dukes

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St.

Cost: $25 general admission, $520 box for eight

Phone: 478-257-6391