But when the beast reared its head this time, Earle seems to have totally dominated it with a full nelson. He’s just about to play a series of “special European shows” this month, which will be followed by a lengthy stretch of U.S. dates in February. But first, Townes Van Zandt’s namesake will be making his network television debut tonight on The Late Show With David Letterman — lead guests include Jennifer Connelly and Dr. Mehmet Oz. And while we’re on the topic of people who either have or currently do reside in Nashville performing on national television, we’d be remiss to leave out current Nashville residents The Black Keys, who will be appearing on Saturday Night Live this weekend alongside ol’ Rubberface himself, Jim Carrey. No word yet on whether or not the Keys will be participating in a rock dude comedy skit. I’d also like to speak on behalf of decent, interesting people everywhere in thanking both JTE and the Keys for not playing Leno.