Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin and hardcore country troubadour Steve Earle bring their “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage” tour to Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Thursday, March 20. Each artist is a masterful writer of richly detailed story songs ranging from personal to political in country, folk and Americana idioms. Colvin (who performed briefly as a member of the Red Clay Ramblers) won song and record of the year Grammy awards for her 1998 composition, “Sunny Came Home.” In the early 1970s, Earle arrived in Nashville as a wide-eyed teenager who found inspiration and mentoring in fellow Texans Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Earle’s self-penned repertoire includes such favorites as “Guitar Town” and “Copperhead Road,” and “Invisible,” a Grammy-nominated track from his 13th and latest CD, “The Low Highway.” For more info on the 8 p.m. show, visit carolinatheatre.org.
• The late Johnny Cash’s talented daughter, Rosanne, performs Friday night at the Carolina Theatre. On Saturday, bluegrass chart mavens, the Grass Cats, bring their songs and high lonesome sound to Mount Olive Historic Assembly Hall in Mount Olive for a free 7:30 p.m. show, as part of the Mount Olive College Concert Series.
• Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass will feature progressive Midwestern bluegrass at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre on Wednesday.