Folk & Country

15 top folk and country concerts in Boston this fall

Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst play ONCE Ballroom Oct. 21.
Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst play ONCE Ballroom Oct. 21.Joe Navas

WEYES BLOOD Natalie Mering records and performs as Weyes Blood, and to date has issued four albums under that moniker. Her latest, “Front Row Seat to Earth,” offers an atmospheric, stately version of her experimental folk-pop music, marked by determined restraint and a beautiful stillness, no matter what she is singing about. Sept. 14. Tickets: $20. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

FRESHGRASS FreshGrass not only presents what it calls “innovative grassroots music,” but promotes that music through several awards, including a Composing Commission. This year’s festival showcases the first fruits of that commission, with performances by inaugural recipient Bill Frisell and his new quartet, Harmony, and by 2017 awardee Sarah Jarosz. Sept. 15-17. Tickets: $46-$69 day, $110 three-day. Mass MoCA, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.freshgrass.com


BIG SANDY AND HIS FLY-RITE BOYS He was inspired by one of rockabilly music’s periodic returns in the 1980s, but Robert Williams, better known as Big Sandy, has always been about more than just classic rockabilly, pulling an equal measure of hillbilly and Western swing, jump blues, and doo-wop into what he does. Sept. 19. Tickets: $15. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

PAUL CAUTHEN/KELSEY WALDON Two varieties of old-school from a pair of rising artists are on tap with this bill (they’re calling it the “Giddy Up and Double Down” tour). Paul Cauthen offers up some sweet (and sometimes sanctified) country soul; Kelsey Waldon combines modern sensibilities with vintage sounds and the spirit of fellow Kentuckian Loretta Lynn. Sept. 22. Tickets: $10. Great Scott, Allston. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

PAUL KELLY The iconic Australian singer-songwriter hasn’t put out a straightforward “Paul Kelly” record in a while, due to detours into funeral songs and sonnets. He hasn’t done a full-band tour in North America in quite a while, either. But this fall he’s doing the latter because he’s done the former, touring with a band in support of his newly released “Life Is Fine.” Sept. 22. Tickets: $25. Brighton Music Hall, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com


AARON WATSON This self-styled Lone Star State underdog plays a mix of Texas dancehall music and a strain of country that wouldn’t have sounded out of place during mainstream radio’s hat-act heyday, which means there’s still room for the sounds of fiddles and steel guitar. Sept. 24. Tickets: $20. Red Room at Café 939, Boston. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

The Shook Twins
The Shook Twins Jay Blakesberg

SHOOK TWINS They really are twins, and they have the harmonies to prove it. Add the sounds of a raft of instruments — including banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel and a giant, percussive, golden egg — as well as beatbox and loops to those harmonies, and the result is a brand of indie-folk that aims to be quirky, and succeeds. Oct. 1. Tickets: $12. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 866-777-8932, www.ticketweb.com

SLAID CLEAVES The Maine-born, Texas-based singer-songwriter thinks of songs as “the whiskey of writing — distilled down to the essence, powerful, concentrated, immediate.” He’s been distilling them for a quarter-century, and his latest record, “Ghost on the Car Radio,” serves up another potent batch. Oct. 19. Tickets: $30. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

KRIS DELMHORST AND JEFFREY FOUCAULT Delmhorst and Foucault spend a fair amount of time together, as married couples tend to, but go their own ways in their respective music careers. But he co-produced and played on her brand new album, “Wild,” which occasioned them joining forces to tour behind it. They’ll do their own stuff, and play together, too. Oct. 21. Tickets: $20. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 877-987-6487, www.ticketfly.com


CRY CRY CRY Gone, but not forever: Acclaimed singer-songwriters Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Dar Williams released their lone album as the trio Cry Cry Cry in 1998 and toured shortly thereafter. Now, spurred by a reunion this summer, they’re reprising the collaboration for the first time in almost two decades. Oct. 26. Tickets: $40-$65. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

COLTER WALL He hails from small-town Saskatchewan and is all of 21 years old, but his weathered baritone, the stories he tells, and the intense, spare music he plays on his self-titled debut sound steeped in the ages. A measure of the buzz about Wall: advance tickets for the first show are already gone. Oct. 27, 29. Tickets: $12. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com

JON PARDI/MIDLAND/RUNAWAY JUNE Worcester venue the Palladium is apparently expanding its offerings from the metal and hardcore it’s known for. Witness this country triple bill featuring young modern traditionalist Jon Pardi as headliner, and musical (and sartorial) revivalists Midland and twang-pop girl group Runaway June in support. Nov. 2. Tickets: $25. The Palladium, Worcester. 877-987-6487, www.ticketfly.com

DAVE ALVIN AND JIMMIE DALE GILMORE These roots-music titans — both members of legendary bands (the Blasters and the Flatlanders, respectively) who’ve also forged enduring solo careers — have been friends for years, but they’ve never played music together. They’re rectifying that by hitting the road for a song-swapping acoustic tour. Nov. 3. Tickets: $35. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com


COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS If, while listening to Courtney Marie Andrew’s fine recent release, “Honest Life,” you’re struck by the thought that at times her singing voice bears more than a passing resemblance to Joni Mitchell’s, you won’t be alone in that notion. She’ll play her Laurel Canyon-inspired country-folk as opener for Hamilton Leithauser. Nov. 3. Tickets: $25. Royale, Boston. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

CAMPFIRE CARAVAN This package tour nods to the notion of gathering communities around music (hence the “campfire” in the tour title) and features three rising modern American string bands: North Carolina’s Mipso, San Francisco’s the Brothers Comatose, and Montana’s the Lil Smokies. True to that campfire spirit, there’ll be plenty of collaboration to go with individual sets. Nov. 9. Tickets: $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com