The show of the week is happening this Tuesday when Elizabeth Cook comes west to play the Bootleg. She just nabbed 3 AMA nominations (no one got more than she did) for her current album Welder, and deservedly so. Welder is wonderful blend of traditional country and modern attitude. Also playing is Leslie Stevens, from the terrific local band, Leslie and the Badgers.
Also on Tuesday, Robert Ellis is at the Echo. Ellis, whose New West debut comes out in July, has an intriguing Gram Parsons’ vibe to his music. The Sam Roberts Band brings their rootsy rock sound and a new album (Collider) to the Troubadour. Dylan fans can celebrate the Great Man’s 70th birthday at the Grammy Museum with a screening of Murray Lerner’s documentary, The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, followed by a discussion featuring Mikal Gilmore and Sean Wilentz.
Wednesday you can visit Bahamas and Noah and the Whale at the El Rey. Bahamas (aka Feist’s one-time guitarist Afie Jurvanen) has created a buzz in Canada with its warm folk-rock sound. NatW’s Last Night On Earth is a year’s best with “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” being a particular fave.
The Twlight Singers will be lighting up the Music Box in support of their new album Dynamite Steps. Greg Dulli continues to put the Afghan Whigs in the past by making dynamic new music. Opening the show with be Margo and the Nuclear So and So’s. If you are over on the Eastern side of town, then Loch Lomond at the Silverlake Lounge should be your choice.
Thursday sports the return of Stiff Little Fingers, who are one of the early Irish punk bands.
Jon Brion returns to his Friday night slot at Largo on the 27th. It’s always a treat to see who comes and plays with him. Joan As The Police Woman has a new album, The Deep Field (that I still need to check out). You can check her out at the Bootleg on Friday. Also, the wild roots rockers Kasey Anderson and the Honkies bring the noise to the Redwood.
Soul legend Bobby Womack plays the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday. Fans of blues and Cajun music should head to Simi Valley this weekend for the festival there that features Tracy Nelson, Maria Muldaur, Elvin Bishop and Buckwheat Zydeco. Speaking of festivals, the 2nd annual Outpost Fish Fry Jamboree, co-sponsored by the New L.A. Folk Festival, will include performances from Amanda Jo Williams, Stone Darling and more. Folk fans might also want to stop in at the Coffee Gallery Backstage for a show from Penny Nichols and Severin Browne.