In the 1970s, John David “J.D.” Souther was one of the most talented and prolific songwriters to emerge from Southern California’s laid-back music scene. His songs practically defined the era’s country-rock sound. The Eagles hit big with Souther’s “Heartache Tonight,” “New Kid in Town” and “Best of My Love.” Linda Ronstadt turned to Souther for “Prisoner in Disguise,” “Faithless Love” and other hits. Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, India Arie and Crosby, Stills and Nash are among the artists who have drawn from Souther’s catalog. On Saturday, Souther will take the stage of Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium to sing his own songs. Singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez will also perform. More information: 919-684-4444 or dukeperformances.org.
▪ The Jon Shain Trio plays Cat’s Cradle Back Room on Friday night in Carrboro.
▪ On Wednesday, the Leroy Savage Group will pick and sing bluegrass at the Original Q Shack in Durham, starting at 6:30 p.m.