The motto of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association is “It all begins with a song.” In other words, a voice as pure as Carrie Underwood’s or as distinctive as George Jones’ may never experience stardom without a song that captures the imagination of country music fans. And it’s not often that three of Nashville’s most successful songwriters assemble outside Music City, U.S.A., to sing the hits they wrote for others. At the Rooster’s Wife on Sunday, Tom Kimmel, whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, and Joe Cocker, will be joined by Grammy-winning songwriter Joe Henry (“Harley,” “Where’ve You Been”) and Sally Barris, whose “Let the Wind Chase You,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, earned a Grammy nomination in 2009. www.theroosterswife.org
- More information Other highlights: • Tonight, the South Carolina Broadcasters bring their old-time music to the Pittsboro Road House and General Store, while Steep Canyon Rangers return to Cat’sCradle. On Saturday, the Travelin’ McCourys and Outliers will play bluegrass at the Pour House. Rick Shea and Mary McCaslin will reprise the songs of McCaslin and Jim Ringer at the Berkeley Café on Sunday (see story p. ). Thursday, the Florida-based Blue Ribbon Healers bring their acoustic country to the Kraken and the Country Music Showcase kicks off at Paul A. Johnston Auditorium of Johnston Community College.