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    Critic’s picks: Folk & Country

    Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit performs at Royale on Sept. 28.
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    Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit performs at Royale on Sept. 28.

    ZAC BROWN BAND On the heels of a new album, “Uncaged,” this Grammy-winning country band based in Atlanta is on the road again. Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$59.50. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livena

    ANAÏS MITCHELL Touring behind her erudite latest release, “Young Man in America,” this quirky, Vermont-based singer-songwriter has the weighty task of opening Bon Iver’s new tour. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$39.50. Bank of America Pavilion. Boston. 800-745-3000,

    DAR WILLIAMS & JILL SOBULE Only one of them kissed a girl long before Katy Perry bragged about doing that, but both Sobule and Williams have had long and distinguished careers as graceful singers and songwriters. Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29. Somerville Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster


    SEAN ROWE By turns evocative and ebullient, Rowe sounds like a fully formed artist on his third album, “The Salesman and the Shark.”  Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $14, $12 in advance. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

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    CARRIE UNDERWOOD She’s got another blockbuster on her hands, “Blown Away,” and that title neatly sums up how Underwood tries to leave her fans after a show. Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44-$64. DCU Center, Worcester. 800-745-3000,

    VETIVER All roads lead to Laurel Canyon circa ’72 on this San Francisco band’s latest, “The Errant Charm.”  Sept. 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. Middle East Downstairs,

    Cambridge. 617-864-3278,


    FESTIVAL This three-day extravaganza highlights various generations and strains of string bands, from legends (Tony Rice, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience) to bands carrying the torch (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Spirit Family Reunion). Sept. 21-23, various showtimes. Festival passes: $46, $26 for students, $16 for under 16. Day passes: $25/$15/$5. Mass MoCA, North

    Adams. 413-662-2111,

    ERIC ANDERSEN The folk icon is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his landmark album, “Blue River.”  Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


    FIRST AID KIT Two Swedish sisters whose love of old Americana runs as deep as their dulcet harmonies. Spectral troubadour Dylan LeBlanc opens. Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Royale, Boston. 800-745-3000,

    THE PINES With “Dark So Gold,” this indie-folk ensemble from Minneapolis made music for the arrival of autumn — and for last call at the bar. Oct. 10,
    8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004,

    BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS More than 20 years on, Big Sandy is still bopping and rocking his own brand of Western swing, country, and rockabilly. Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 617-547-0759, www.lizardlounge

    BEN SOLLEE Cellist, singer, songwriter — Sollee does it all, and he does it incredibly well. Oct. 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $13. Brighton Music Hall, Allston. 800-745-3000, www.ticket

    LINDI ORTEGA Loretta Lynn meets Neko Case? Yes, please. In support of a new album, “Cigarettes & Truckstops,” Ortega is the opening act for Social Distortion. Oct. 30, 8 p.m.

    Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues, Boston. 800-745-3000,


    IRIS DEMENT The wait is over. “Sing the Delta,” DeMent’s first new album of original material in 16 years, will be out in early October. Nov. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River. 508-324-1926,

    JANIS IAN She learned the truth at 17 and went on to write some of the most perceptive songs of the ’70s. Judging from a recent show, Ian is still pushing forward and sounds terrific. Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 978-425-4311, www.bullrun