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An Evening with Jackson Browne @Johnny Mercer Theatre

IT'LL be an intimate affair with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne on Thursday. As one of the definitive songwriters to emerge from California in the 1970s, Browne made a name for himself with sensitive, personal lyrics set to a folk-inspired style of playing; on this tour, he’s manning both the acoustic guitar and piano for a solo set.

Browne’s commercial breakout came in the form of 1976’s The Pretender, an acutely vulnerable record released after his first wife took her own life, leaving behind Browne and their son, Ethan. Boasting a variety of stylistic influences, the record, which went platinum and received a Grammy nomination, produced such Browne classics as “Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate,” “Here Come Those Tears Again,” and the country-tinged “Your Bright Baby Blues.”

A noteworthy activist, Browne has dedicated much of his life to advocating for the environment, human rights, and arts education. In 2002 he received the John Steinbeck Award, which is granted to artists whose works exemplify environmental and social values.

If 2005’s Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 and 2008’s Vol. 2 offer any hints, Savannah may get to hear classics like “These Days,” “Somebody’s Baby,” “Doctor My Eyes,” and many more, plus tracks from his latest, Standing in the Breach.

Thursday, January 14, 8 p.m., $39.50-$79.50, all-ages