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Multitalented Steve Earle defies categorization

The singer, songwriter and general menace known as Steve Earle cannot be categorized. Townes Van Zandt devotee. Actor on “The Wire”; novelist of “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”; and yes, outlaw country rocker.

And now, with February’s “Terraplane,” he’s taken on another title: bluesman. Those interested in seeing the multifaceted music legend in his latest role will be able to catch a glimpse at 8 p.m. Tuesday when Earle joins his longtime band the Dukes (along with opener, the Mastersons) for a gig inside Buffalo Iron Works. Gritty, harmonica-accented tracks like “Baby Baby Baby (Baby)” and “The Usual Time” aren’t cut from the same Americana cloth stretched across the singer’s 16-album catalog, but they’re certainly complementary to the artist’s body of work.

As for the artist, his entire career has been highlighted by deviations (both good and bad) amid prolific songwriting. Add this surprise to his ongoing character development, and see where it takes those inside the Queen City’s Cobblestone District on Tuesday night.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Advance sales are available at the Iron Works box office or via Ticketfly at

– Michael Farrell