Steve Earle to Play Conroe's Crighton Theater, Cactus Music for Townes

Steve Earle will play the Crighton Theater Thursday, June 18, as a last-minute addition to the Montgomery County seat's annual Sound of Texas Music Series. The show, says Conroe City Councilman Jay Ross Martin, is a "bonus that we got the chance to add." Earle's tribute disc to mentor Townes Van Zandt, Townes, will be released May 12, and the "Guitar Town" and "Copperhead Road" author will give a special in-store performance 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Cactus Music. Townes is now available for pre-purchase at Cactus; those buying the album will receive a wristband that guarantees entry to the in-store. In other words, don't count on being able to just walk in to this one. "His last in-store had many people who purchased the CD from us unable to get in to see the in-store, and he actually had a gig [at Verizon Wireless Theater] that night," says Cactus owner Quinn Bishop via email. "With us being the only venue to see him, the performance will be met with even more anticipation. I think we'll sell out of pre-sales by a week before."

Back in Conroe, tickets to the 530-seat Crighton Theater downtown will be offered first to season-ticket holders and members of Earle's fan club. Councilman Martin reports approximately 200 people in the Houston area are members of the club. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the general public. Sounds of Texas emcee Debbie Glenn said, "We got the opportunity to add this great show, and we want to reward season ticket holders, so they're getting the first crack at the tickets." Martin says Conroe is also working another very special show for early November. "That show is going to bring two amazing artists together to perform as one unit," he says. "We're close to signing the dotted line on that one and hope to have an announcement soon."

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