• Former Barrel House Mama Jane Kramer left Asheville for Potland, Ore., but she didn't leave music behind. Kramer has been hard at work on solo release Break & Bloom, recorded at New North Sound in Portland and mastered at Asheville's Sound Lab Studios. "It's comprised of 10 original tunes and one old gospel cover called 'How Far Am I from Canaan,' and features some talented west coast musicians playing with me, such as David Jacobs-Strain on slide guitar, Sam Howard of The Ruth Moody Band on bass, and Max and Tim Ribner on flugelhorn and piano respectively," Kramer says in an email. "The songs, many of which are ballads, are very personal accounts of loss and redemption (and my penchant for whiskey and boots!). They are deeply rooted both geographically and stylistically in the Blue Ridge Mountains that were home to me for 13 years, and the rich storytelling traditions of Appalachia."
Kramer launches her new album at White Horse Black Mountain. 7:30 p.m. $10.
• Ryan Shupe of Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand comes from a long line of fiddler players and started his career as a kid in the PeeWee Pickers. Happily, Shupe's current project is no somber and over-practiced undertaking. Instead, the Utah-based quintet plays a "lively hybrid style of bluegrass infused with flavors of rap, rock, and contemporary country." According to press, "Shupe originally formed the band as an outlet for his songwriting but it soon took on a life of its own, becoming bigger than anything he could have originally imagined."
This week, the RubberBand makes its way to Isis Music Hall. Phoebe Hunt also performs. 8:30 p.m., $10 advance/$12 doors.
• City and Colour (singer/songwriter Dallas Green) is currently on tour for new album, The Hurry and The Harm. That record — made with the help of Jack Lawrence on bass (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), Bo Koster on keys (My Morning Jacket), Spencer Cullum (Caitlin Rose) on pedal steel and both Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple) and James Gadson (Bill Withers, BB King) on drums — followed close on the heels of 2011's Little Hell. It was inspired, at least in part, by poet Wendell Berry's work, “The Peace of Wild Things.”
City and Colour plays The Orange Peel at 8 p.m. Lucy Rose also performs. $30 advance/$32 day of show.