Eight Gigs: Nora Jane Struthers
Fri., April 24, 6:30 p.m., Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, $12
There are plenty of reasons to be tired of pop-Americana, but singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers isn't one of them. Hailing from Nashville, Struthers' 2015 release Wake is the most roots-rock of her efforts. It's a significant departure from 2013 release Carnival and her 2010 self-titled album, which lean more toward a modern Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. There's plenty to like across Struthers' entire discography. Combining close-knit harmonies and nostalgic strings plus the addition of more electric guitar and bigger sound on the recent album, she still steers skillfully away from commercial pop country. 2708 J Street, www.norajanestruthers.com.