CHANGE OF VENUE!
This concert has been moved from Veterans Memorial Auditorium to the
Main Stage Theater at The Center for the Arts.
THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!
Songs & Stories Together Onstage
The Center for the Arts presents
Friday, May 23, 8:00PM
“Shawn Colvin is one of America’s warmest and wisest songwriters.” – Sunday Times
“Steve Earle is rightly regarded as one of America’s greatest songwriters.” – Q Magazine
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have announced a special run of tour dates together this May. “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage” features the two esteemed artists sharing the stage for a rousing night of song swapping, duets, storytelling and stellar guitar playing. The evening promises to be a rich and inspiring musical experience as these two long-time friends and mutual admirers share music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.
In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous. Shawn Colvin stands out as singular and enduring talent. Her songs are works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. In the 25 years since the release of her debut album she has won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for the hit single ‘Sunny Came Home’, and has been nominated for another seven. She has released 10 albums, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, and created a remarkable canon of work. Over the years Shawn has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, James Taylor and Lyle Lovett. In a live review The Guardian newspaper praised her “…extraordinary songs, mesmerising guitar playing, and a voice that goes effortlessly from bruise-tender to scar-hard in a matter of minutes.”
Shawn’s latest album, All Fall Down, is her eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller. Recorded in Nashville, it features a group of stellar musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan. The album’s release was simultaneous with the publication of her memoir, Diamond In The Rough. With the wit, lyricism, and empathy that characterize Shawn’s performances, Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. Through its pages, we witness the inspiring story of a woman honing her artistry, finding her voice, and making herself whole.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Steve 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. In 1986 his debut record, Guitar Town shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” An array of releases followed, including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), as well as the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002), plus the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007), and Townes (2009). 2011 saw the release of his Grammy Award nominated album, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, as well as the publication of his debut novel by the same name. 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.”
Steve’s fifteenth studio album, The Low Highway, was released to worldwide acclaim in 2013. It features the Grammy Award nominated song “Invisible.” Steve Earle is recognized as an actor from his roles in the acclaimed HBO Series The Wire and Treme as well as appearances on Law & Order and the Tim Blake Nelson film Leaves Of Grass. He will be seen in the forthcoming feature film The World Made Straight. He is also host of The Steve Earle Show: Hardcore Troubadour Radio, on Sirius XM Radio.