The biggest folk music news this week is, of course, the passing of the extraordinary Pete Seeger. But, before that rocked all of our worlds yesterday (as it continues to rock us today), there was seemingly big news about a collaborative tour set to kick off in March, featuring Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. According toNonesuch Records:
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle announce a special run of tour datestogether this March: “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage,” in which they share the stage for a night of song swapping, duets, storytelling, and guitar playing. These two longtime friends and mutual admirers will share music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.
It woud be a fair bet that at least one song Seeger taught the world will wind up in these shows somewhere. Dates are below and tickets are available now.
Mar 18 – Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – Munhall, PA
Mar 19 – Musikfest Café – Bethlehem, PA
Mar 20 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
Mar 22 – Hilbert Circle Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
Mar 23 – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
Mar 24 – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Nashville, TN
Mar 26 – Modlin Center for the Arts – Richmond, VA
Mar 27 – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – Troy, NY
Mar 28 – Berklee Performance Center – Boston, MA
Mar 29 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
thanks to Kim Ruehl for spreading the news 🙂
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the
release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”