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On a serene Friday evening recently, Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle were in Lower Manhattan, ripping through “Wake Up Little Susie” in a club jammed with their contemporaries. With cropped hair, white boots and a black mini touched with fringe, Ms. Colvin, 60, looked the part of an edgy folky. Bearded and bespectacled, Mr. Earle 61, resembled a benevolent anarchist behind his acoustic guitar.
It was a long way from the dives and dance halls where they started. Tonight, no one would throw a drink or land a punch. The civilized fans at City Winery did raise smartphones to capture the action, but otherwise they listened reverently, cradling their pinot noir.
For Ms. Colvin and Mr. Earle, the June 10 show was the beginning of a four-month-long American tour (their second together) and the debut of their first dual album. Revered as songwriters, they wrote six tunes for “Colvin & Earle,” which has been warmly received by critics, particularly the first single, “Come What May.” “They’ve elevated their collaboration to the level of top-flight album-making, bringing seemingly opposing impulses to the process,” NPR said.