Now based in New York, the Virginia-born country singer-songwriter performs material from his long and distinguished career and from his latest album, Townes. During 30 years in the business, he has accumulated 13 Grammy Award nominations, finally claiming a trophy for the mantelpiece in 2008 when his 12th studio LP, Washington Square Serenade, won Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Earle has a reputation for strong political views and he has campaigned tirelessly against the Iraq war, sometimes flying in the face of public opinion. He has also played an active role in petitioning for the abolition of the death penalty, which inspired the songs "Billy Austin", "Ellis Unit One" and "Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)". His unshakable political stance often influences his musical style, as do personal experiences such as his brief stint in prison following the release of one of his most poignant albums, The Hard Way. The comeback album, Train A Comin', to herald his release from prison in 1994, sparked a period of experimentation, during which his homegrown bluegrass style evolved to incorporate rock undertones. Today, his music embraces myriad styles with the occasional foray into literature, including a collection of short stories entitled Doghouse Roses. His creativity knows no bounds.