Critic’s picks: Folk & country

Shovels & Rope play Royale on Sept. 14.
Shovels & Rope play Royale on Sept. 14.

LORD HURON Watercolor harmonies gild the sumptuous indie-folk songs that frontman Ben Schneider writes and sings. Lord Huron opens for Alt-J, another band that knows how to bend and blend its influences. Sept. 13. Bank of America Pavilion, 800-745-3000,

RUSTY BELLE Playing what it calls “roots-rock junk-folk” (that sounds about right), this trio from Western Massachusetts is celebrating the release of its six full-length album, “Common Courtesy.” Sept. 14. Lizard Lounge. 617-547-0759,

SHOVELS & ROPE From South Carolina, this feisty husband-and-wife Americana duo can part your hair just by the way Cary Ann Hearst belts out a country-blues rocker. Lo-fi folkie Shakey Graves is also on the bill. Sept. 14. Royale. 800-745-3000,


FRESHGRASS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL This celebration of string-based music is a cornucopia of pioneers (Dr. Ralph Stanley, Jerry Douglas, Del McCoury) and rising stars (Lake Street Dive, the Devil Makes Three, Noam Pikelny). Sept. 20-22. MASS MoCA, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

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KT TUNSTALL A dusky Southwestern beauty creeps into the spare songs on “Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon,” the new and beguiling album from this Scottish singer-songwriter. Sept. 25. Somerville Theatre. 800-745-3000,

NEW ENGLAND AMERICANA FESTIVAL A who’s-who of local roots luminaries, more than 50 of them, will descend on various stages throughout Harvard Square for this three-day festival: Dennis Brennan, Susan Cattaneo, Roy Sludge, Tallahassee, Old Jack, Sarah Blacker, Jenee Halstead, and many others. Sept. 26-28. Harvard Square.

ANGEL OLSEN Newly signed to Jagjaguwar in the spring, Olsen is on the road behind last year’s acclaimed “Half Way Home,” a collection of startling folk tunes that sounded out of time. Oct. 4. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975,

BÉLA FLECK’S BANJO SUMMIT Generations and genres will collide when this mother lode of banjo players arrives with Fleck, Bill Keith, Tony Trischka, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikelny, Abigail Washburn, Richie Stearns, and others. Oct. 10. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-482-6661,


ROSE COUSINS Recorded in Cambridge with a host of local musicians, last year’s “We Have Made a Spark” was a benchmark recording for Cousins, the Canadian singer-songwriter renowned for her tearjerkers. Oct. 11. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

LINDI ORTEGA She hoots, hollers, raises hell, and breaks her fair share of hearts on her terrific upcoming album, “Tin Star,” a classic country album that happens to be modern. Oct. 22. Café 939. 617-747-2261,

SAM BUSH Drawing on four decades as a driving force in bluegrass, this beloved mandolin player, who’s also a fiddler and singer, comes to town behind his latest album, 2009’s “Circles Around Me.”Oct. 26. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000,

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF Led by the unsinkable Alynda Lee Segarra, Hurray for the Riff Raff was a breakout act at this past summer’s Newport Folk Festival. The band shares the bill with Spirit Family Reunion. Nov. 1. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

THE WHISKEY GENTRY Plucky and spirited, the Whiskey Gentry walks a fine line between your grandfather’s old-school country and more contemporary roadhouse fare. Nov. 9. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792,


THE LONE BELLOW In the Americana revival led by Mumford & Sons, the Lone Bellow is one of the movement’s more sophisticated acts, a quiet trio that knows when to up the ante. Nov. 20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

BASIA BULAT Her new album, “Tall Tall Shadow,” is due in October, and the title track suggests this Canadian singer-songwriter is going for a fuller indie-folk sound with more of a rock edge. Nov. 22. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004,