Thanks to “Nashville” the TV show, you now have to show up to Nashville the city’s famed Bluebird Café about five hours prior to show time to get in to see the array of up-and-comers and wellestablished songsmiths that frequent the tiny joint. Not so this Wednesday night at the Hanesbrands Theatre, as the Bluebird Café is coming to Winston-Salem, at least in spirit. Famed Winston-Salem-born, Nashville-based songwriter Bryon Hill will head up a bill that includes that John Ford Coley and Roxie Dean. Pittsburgh rapper Chevy Woods will take his solid beats and measured flow on tour with XXL freshman Kevin Gates in a week, but he’ll give Greene Street Club a go first.
You have to hear the voice of St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ singer Paul Janeway in person to believe it’s real, but it is and it’s spectacular. They’re playing Ziggy’s on Thursday night. At City Market at the downtown Greensboro Railyard, North Carolina family act Look Homeward play southern gothic folk from their new EP.
The Drive-By Truckers return to Ziggy’s a year after an incredible two-night stand there, and they’re celebrating the spring release of their tenth record English Oceans there with gorgeously dark country from Don Chambers on Friday. With Amelia Meath off touring with Sylvan Esso, the rest of Mountain Man is branching out, including the sweet-voiced Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, who’s playing Turntable with Brett Harris. You’ve heard Gringo Star’s ‘50s-pop-inspired rock in commercials for AMC and Tommy Hilfiger, now hear them at the Garage with Jews & Catholics and Motel Glory. It’s the high point of summer, so it’s a great night for rocker Jonny Alright who plays with Roseland at the Weatherspoon.
Proceeds from the Power to the People’s Transit concert this Saturday afternoon at the War Memorial Stadium will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s post-construction efforts, i.e., getting people to and from work. It’s $10 and you get an afternoon of soaring, anthemic folk from the Kopecky Family Band, Jack Carter & the Armory and David Wimbish and members of the Collection. Winston- Salem darkwave trio Spirit System are in the studio recording a new album, and they’ll fine tune some of those songs at the Garage with Bocanegra.
On Sunday, two excellent indie rock bands on the rise play a small, friendly space when the Eastern Sea and the Wild Moccasins visit Turntable. On Tuesday, Shadows Fall’s Brian Fair has the best hair in all of metal, and they’ll return to Ziggy’s.