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Listen: Ryne Doughty

It was a happy accident stumbling upon singer/songwriter Ryne Doughty in a bar last night in Des Moines. Truth be told, when I found out I needed to come to Iowa for a business trip, I did a little poking around to see what bands might be performing (on the docket for tonight – Columbus’s own Blueprint at Vaudeville Mews) and I knew Doughty was going to be playing at El Bait Shop, a beer joint not that different from places like World of Beer and Bodega in Columbus (in other words, they have probably 100 beers on draft and another couple hundred in bottles).

Turns out, the people I was with wanted to grab a drink after work and we headed to El Bait Shop. I couldn’t have planned it better. Doughty and guitarist Darren Matthews (Thankful Dirt) set up in a corner and started playing around 8pm. We only stayed through the first set, but I became a fan within seconds of the first note being strummed. Doughty’s one of those guys who’s not really an alt-country artist but I think he’s probably influenced by performers like Ryan Adams and Steve Earle (who he covered during the set). Columbus readers might understand this reference, Doughty’s deeper vocals reminded me quite a bit of Sean Beal’s (Feversmile, Train Meets Truck, Big Back Forty) and that, for people who know me, is a great compliment as Beal is one of my favorite singers to come out of Ohio.

Take a listen to Doughty’s most recent release, To the Factory. He did tell me, during a break, that he’s planning on releasing new material in the near future so stay tuned.

Video: Lydia Loveless – “Steve Earle” (Live at Comfest)

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He won’t stop calling and I’m not sure how to blow him off
He stands outside my window until I have to call the cops
But they always let him out of jail cuz he’s a famous face
That’s a funny way of asking me to go out on a date…

Steve Earle, won’t stop calling me

Lydia Loveless’s Comfest set was one of my favorites, and new song “Steve Earle” was a set highlight. It’ll be on her new album, Indestructible Machine, out in September on Bloodshot.

Win tickets to Steve Earle in Nelsonville, OH

If Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville (about an hour southeast of Columbus) isn’t on your radar, it should be. Between now and October, the historic theater is bringing in Steve Earle (Aug. 27), Yo La Tengo (Sept. 24) and Jolie Holland (Oct. 17), plus a Music Swap Meet on Oct. 10.

Earle is touring solo behind his new Townes Van Zandt tribute album, Townes. I saw him at the Southern Theatre last May, and the man is at his best when his songs tell stories, which bodes well for a show heavy on Van Zandt covers. His wife, Allison Moorer, will kick off the night. And lucky for you, dear Donewaiting reader, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter this contest, send a blank e-mail to contest@donewaiting.com with the subject STEVE EARLE. A winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday morning, 8/26.

mp3: Steve Earle – To Live is to Fly (Townes Van Zandt cover)