How do you like your folk singers—angry, sad or wistful? Personally, I’m patiently waiting for someone to pen “The World is Doing Alright” or “I”ve Got a Girlfriend!” to Dylanesque melodies, but until that day, I’ll settle with Alabama’s own A.A. Bondy (whose happiest song is about the “sweetness” of whisky, cocaine and heroin). Bondy put out a stellar record a year and a half ago, the lo-fi “American Hearts,” an album filled with killer harmonica solos, Christian imagery and a bunch of tracks destined to end up on a Cameron Crowe soundtrack. Bondy has the presence to be an exclusively acoustic-and-harmonica guy, but an occasional full band never hurts, and his backing band’s heavily reverberated and distantly placed piano and electric guitar parts help liven his sometimes overly mellow music. Instead of aiming lyrics at every target he can of think of, Bondy restrains himself, letting his soulful, gorgeous melodies and his sparse arrangements define his brand of folk. (Andy Seifert)
March 7 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, at 10pm. $10-$12.