Fri., Feb. 15, Brett Shady
Naked Lounge Downtown, 8:30 p.m., $5
For anyone who didn't grow up in rustic Nevada City, Brett Shady's music might just be sweet and nostalgic enough to make you wish you did—if only for the duration of one of his songs. His music evokes eras-past singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Jim Croce, and pseudo eras-past singer-songwriters like the Avett Brothers—or Jackie Greene without the I'm-the-next-Bob-Dylan put-on. With all the “darlings” and twangy guitars backed by tambourine, Shady's 2010 album The Devil to Pay is perfect for that battered-barn-turned-dance-hall bash you've been meaning to throw; a live rendition of the songs on a Friday night in Sacramento ain't bad, either. 1111 H Street, www.brettshady.com.