Pop music has its share of Hall-of-Fame songwriters – Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, among them. Equally accomplished, the multiple Grammy Award winner Jimmy Webb has penned some of pop’s biggest songs, including the Fifth Dimension’s “Up and Away,” Donna Summers’ “MacArthur Park,” and Glen Campbell’s career makers, “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston.” Webb’s live shows are memorable evenings featuring songs from his extensive catalog. Webb will showcase his talents Thursday evening at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Karla Bonoff, will also perform. Get more details at carolinatheatre.org.
▪ The Steeldrivers, bluegrass music’s 2009 Emerging Artist of the Year, perform Friday night at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh. Info at southlandballroom.com.
▪ On Saturday, the Carolina Theatre will host the electric version of Hot Tuna, featuring former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Cassidy.
▪ North Carolina native and CMA award winner Eric Church sings his country hits Thursday at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Also Thursday, MerleFest kicks off in Wilkesboro with Lee Ann Womack, Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, and others. For artists, schedules and ticket pricing, see merlefest.org.