Friday 29 May 2015

#35 STEVE EARLE - BKA-Luftschloß, Berlin - March 12th, 2003 (Flac)

From August 1st until 22nd 2003, every night from 11.00 PM – 1.00 AM (German summer time) Berlin radio station RadioEins broadcast another round of their superb "summer night concerts", recorded earlier in the year. Artists included Massive Attack, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle & The Dukes; this rocking FM broadcast is from the BKA-Luftschloß in Berlin.

In a busy year for Steve he performed on the east coast of the US throughout January and into February finishing in Atlanta, Georgia. He then flew with the Dukes to Europe for a 13-date tour in March and April, taking in Germany, Norway, England, Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands, before returning to the US for further live dates in Montana, Oklahoma, Texas and California. A visit to Canada followed with promo appearances on Canadian TV for a live date in Ontario. June 30th marked an appearance at the 10th Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington DC.
He also found time to appear in some guest slots, notably for Pearl Jam during their ‘Riot Act’ tour, before returning to Europe in August for some solo Festival dates. Not finished for the year, he went home for more appearances in the US and then Canada during October and November.

Steve Earle & the Dukes
Luftschloß, Berlin, Germany
March 12, 2003

01 Amerika v. 6.0 (The Best We Can Do)
02 What's A Simple Man To Do?
03 Ashes To Ashes
04 Conspiracy Theory
05 My Old Friend The Blues
06 Someday
07 Taneytown
08 The Rain Came Down
09 Harlan Man
10 Mystery Train Part II
11 Copperhead Road
12 Guitar Town
13 Billy Austin
14 The Truth
15 Some Dreams
16 Hurtin' Me Hurtin' You

17 Go Amanda
18 John Walker's Blues
19 Jerusalem
20 Transcendental Blues
21 N.Y.C.
22 The Unrepentant
23 Hard-Core Troubadour
24 Devils Right Hand
25 Christmas In Washington
26 Time Has Come Today
27 Get Together
28 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

FM Broadcast


  1. This looks excellent. You might also like an incredible soundboard show of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings I discovered this week. I am really enjoying it. It really is in my opinion one of the greatest bootlegs of this duo, especially the quality of the recording, and possibly by any one.

  2. Thanks for the tip Wilder. I first became aware of Gillian Welch through a Ryan Adams bootleg, available on It's available there under the title 'Ryan Adams Live at Exit/In on 1999-10-28'. Maybe you have it?
    Just heading over to bt.etree to check out your recommendation

  3. There's quite a good number of bootlegs of both Steve Earle and GWelch&DRawlings on that site you linked--ousterhout. I can't comment on the quality of all of those, but I intend to investigate further. So thank you.

    I happen to be a lifelong fan of John Hartford (may he rest in peace) whom I heard and watched live many times. I saw some of his performances (at least two) as early as 1979 and 1983 when I was just a teenager.
    "ousterhout" has one of the finest collections of John's bootleg recordings outside of the collection on "thespps" I have ever seen. I have already downloaded all the ones I didn't have already and sampled them. The quality is outstanding. I highly recommend listening to some of ousterhout's offerings by John Hartford.

    1. D/L the Gillian Welch you recommended, looking forward to listening to it. I'm not familiar with John's music or so I thought until I discovered he was featured on the soundtrack of one of my favourite films 'O brother Where Art Thou.' I intend to re-watch it and will check out John's music later.
      Thanks for the feedback, always good to hear from fellow music enthusiasts.

    2. If you listen to John Hartford, you may hear an unfamiliar instrument of percussion that sounds like a strange kind of drum set. It's not. He's dancing on a wooden floor (sometimes with a little sand on it). He's making those sounds with his feet while he plays his banjo, fiddle, or guitar. He even has a mic on the floor sometimes. That's why I said I "heard and watched" him.

  4. Steve Earle in Berlin Germany on 3/12/03 sounds great. It is an interesting sound because it is hard to tell if it is a soundboard or an audience recording. It sounds a bit like a matrix of both because I think I can hear the audience and the performers with the same clarity. I wonder how it was captured before the broadcast.

  5. Splendid! Thanks a lot for this one.A great Earle period around these years.
    Cheers Dan.

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