Sun., Jan. 6, Steve Earle
Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., $65-$75
Natural-born rebel and roots rocker Steve Earle passed through the crucible of his addictions to carve out deep critical adoration. Earle even verged on mainstream acceptance, courting both country and rock fans with his first three albums. Despite struggling with heroin through the '90s, he continued to release music spanning genres: rock, Americana and even bluegrass. Since the millennium, he's appeared in the HBO TV series The Wire; released two politically charged albums, one inspired by New York City; a Townes Van Zandt cover album; and 2011's I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which accompanied his debut novel of the same name. 314 W. Main Street in Grass Valley, www.steveearle.com.