Alt-country kingpin Steve Earle in Bay Area for book signings 

Alt-country kingpin Steve Earle won’t be playing San Francisco officially until his appearance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Oct. 1.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing his lonesome Southern drawl around town before then — he’ll actually be here this weekend, reading from — and signing copies of — his new book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive,” which also inspired a just-released New West album of the same name.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., he’ll be at Kepler’s Books at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Saturday at 2 p.m., Green Apple will be hosting a reading at The Rockit Room, at 406 Clement St. in The City. Both are free.

The novel/recording concerns a shady heroin-addicted physician named Doc Ebersole, who gave the late Hank Williams his final injection back in 1953. It’s ten years later, and the man is haunted by his sins — as well as Hank Sr.’s ghost — but has a shot at redemption via a stigmata-afflicted neighbor, Graciela.

Barry Gifford would be proud.

Earle has been busy on other fronts, as well — he’s still appearing in HBO’s hit series “Treme,” and, in solidarity with Wisconsin workers, he just released a digital single called “Harlan Man,” to benefit the America Votes Labor Unity Fund, via

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