One of Americana’s finest, Tift Merritt, will have a special appearance at the Grammy Museum Tuesday night. Merritt fans will be thrilled to learn that her exquisite Travelling Alone will get a deluxe boxset treatment that Yep Roc will release on Sept. 17. More twangy goodness can be found on the 6th. Charlie Greene comes to town with a gig at Hollywood’s Piano Bar. The Atlanta native evokes a classic country sound with his music. On Tuesday night, the Mint sports a trio of terrific Americana acts: The Deadly Gentlemen (whose Rounder debut Roll Me, Tumble Me came out recently), the high-spirited Whiskey Shivers and their fellow Austinites Wild Child (whose sophomore outing The Runaround, due in early October, offers some fine folk-rock).
Wild Child and Whiskey Shivers show up at Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar on Wednesday. Yellowbirds lands at the Bootleg on the 7th; this is Sam Cohen’s current project which is both arty and personal. The Hotel Café welcomes James McCartney and Adam Zwig on Wednesday, while the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will fill the Hollywood Bowl with their glorious sounds.
Jazz fans should hit the Mint on Thursday as trumpeter Nicholas Payton will be performing. The 8th offers a duel between two free shows showcasing great world music. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have a free show at the Skirball on Thursday night, and they may be previewing tunes from their upcoming Cumbancha CD. The Garifuna Collective with Danny Michel deliver Afro-Caribbean funkiness to the MacArthur Park Levitt Pavilion. Cumbancha released their CD Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me last month. On the rock front, the talented Veils appear at the Troubadour while the Heavy headline the Fonda Theater. A band I always enjoy, The Grownup Noise will be turning up Thursday night at the Silverlake Lounge.
Willie Nelson and Family will have a big show at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. The Wiltern, meanwhile, welcomes Foals and Cayucas. If you want more intimate musical experience, Peter Bradley Adams returns to town with a show at McCabe’s. The Melodic continue the Mint Den residency with Melody Walker also appearing.
Ethan Johns who is known for his producing (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, etc.) has done is his first solo album, If Not Now When?. He comes to McCabe’s on Saturday. The notorious David Allan Coe comes to the Coach House on the 10th. The LA Folk Fest has a happening in DTLA at HM157, with the Americans, The Melodic and the Song Preservation Society among the act slated to appear at this benefit for the California State Parks Foundation. The National and their opening act Daughter play the Greek on Saturday and Hollywood Forever on Sunday.
Ivan & Alyosha, whose CD All the Times We Had is simply a sublime, standout effort, come to the Troubadour on the 11th. LP, Phoenix and Grouplove play a fundraiser at Club Nokia for the Grammy Foundation’s school program. Also on Sunday Kenny Loggins performs at the City National Grove of Anaheim, with and without his current group Blue Sky Riders.
Peeking into next week, Australia’s San Cisco celebrate their recently released debut with an Echoplex show on Tuesday. The local band Smallpools shares the bill. Also that night you can see how Mother Falcon creates their rich sound when they play Largo. The 14th finds The Kopecky Family Band at the Echo, which hosts the always-fun Southern Culture On The Skids on the 15th.