In the late 1970s, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, high school students in D.C. and Virginia, respectively, frequently attended The Seldom Scene’s Thursday night bluegrass gigs at the Birchmere, but they didn’t yet know each other. The Seldom Scene often performed cover songs and invited guests to play with them; visits to the Birchmere and long-gone clubs like the Cellar Door, and hours spent listening to WHFS and records by emerging folk artists helped Brace and Cooper develop an appreciation for the beautiful melodies and acoustic instrumentation of songs by Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ralph Stanley. Fast forward to this century: Brace left his music writing job with the Washington Post to move to Nashville where he would soon start performing with Cooper, a fellow musician and journalist. On C & O Canal, the pair pays homage to their local Americana roots with 10 covers of songs by artists who inspired them. While some takes are just soothingly pleasant, Brace and Cooper’s vocals have a bit more passion and grit on the mournful melodies of Stanley’s “If That’s the Way You Feel” and Rosslyn Mountain Boys’ “Been Awhile.” Eric Brace and Peter Cooper perform at 6:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. $15. (703) 255-1566. jamminjava.com.