: Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole." He taught the audience the "In the hole, in the hole" refrain, and used that impromptu choir as a counterpoint to his vocal and harmonica solo. His fourth song of the night also had a Maryland connection: "Taneytown" is a story of parental neglect, racism ,and a bloody Randall knife set in a small Carroll County town. It was an up-and-down evening. Many of the uptempo numbers, even songs as strong as "Copperhead Road" and "Someday," suffered from Earle's lackluster guitar rhythm. But the finger-picking ballads were often spectacular. When he got those pretty guitar arpeggios going, he seemed to relax into his still handsome tenor and brought out all the melancholia of songs such as "Goodbye," "My Old Friend the Blues," "Now She's Gone," and his mentor Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho & Lefty." He usually topped them off with an even sadder harmonica solo.