Rhythm & Roots will finish off its spring concert series with a doubleheader of quality music this weekend.

On Friday, singer-songwriter Steve Forbert will perform his debut album "Alive on Arrival" from beginning to end in honor of the release's 35th anniversary.

Bluegrass musician Chris Brashear will follow that up on Saturday with a CD release party for his latest project, "Heart of the Country."

Brashear is a familiar face to Tucson audiences.

He lived in the Old Pueblo from 1992 to 2000 before moving to New England and still owns a house in town.

He comes to Tucson at least once a year to perform.

"It's still home in lots of ways," he said.

Forbert is not as familiar.

During a phone interview from Los Angeles International Airport last week, he couldn't remember the last time he was in Southern Arizona.

But he was excited to be able to share tracks from his latest album, "Over With You," in addition to "Alive" when he performs on Friday.

Forbert created "Over With You," a collection of 10 songs about love and relationships, at the Carriage House recording studio in Los Angeles, with the help of an all-star cast of musicians, including cellist Ben Sollee and guitarist Ben Harper.

Brashear's project, exploring the performer's travels through song, was recorded in Nashville with famed producer Jim Rooney, known for his work with big folk names such as Iris DeMent and John Prine.

He kicks off the release with the track "The Old Pueblo" about his time in Tucson.

"As long as I've done songwriting, wherever I have lived has seeped into my music," he said.

Steve Forbert

• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

• Where: Plaza Palomino, 2970 N. Swan Road.

• Tickets: $18 in advance through rhythmandroots.org; $22 at the show.

Chris Brashear

• What: CD release party with Peter McLaughlin and Todd Phillips.

• When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Plaza Palomino.

• Tickets: $18 in advance through rhythmandroots.org; $22 at the show.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.