Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. Earle was born in 1955 and grew up in Texas, where he fell under the influence of the Lone Star State's stellar songwriting community, particularly Townes Van Zandt. By 1986, after several years of trying to prove himself in Nashville, Earle enjoyed critical and commercial success with his first full-length album, Guitar Town. Despite personal and professional setbacks, over the next three decades Earle would mature into one of the best-respected artists in the Americana music community.
Colvin was born in South Dakota in 1965, and after spells in hard rock and retro-country bands, she moved to New York City and started making a name for herself as a singer/songwriter. After singing backup on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka," Colvin scored a record deal, and her debut album, 1989's Steady On, earned her a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Scoring hits with the songs "I Don't Know Why" and "Sunny Came Home," Colvin earned commercial success and critical acclaim.
Colvin and Earle were booked to play a show together in Northampton, Massachusetts, which was the first time the two crossed paths. The two became friendly, and on her 1994 album Cover Girl, Colvin did a fine version of Earle's "Someday." Colvin and Earle would occasionally pop up at one another's shows in the years that followed, and in 2014 they staged a co-headlining concert tour. Earle was so pleased with how the shows went that he suggested he and Colvin should record an album together. Colvin agreed, and with Buddy Miller producing the sessions, the pair recorded Colvin & Earle in less than two weeks. The album was released by Fantasy Records in June 2016, with Colvin and Earle supporting the release with another joint concert tour.