Eric Brace & Peter Cooper at the Pump House
Friday, July 29 @ Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. All ages, $15 suggested donation, 7 p.m.
Nashville duo Eric Brace & Peter Cooper headlines a show Friday at the Pump House Concert Series. The soulful American musicians are not only Grammy Award nominated songwriters, but they’ve also made a mark in music journalism.
Brace has spent time penning stories for the Washington Post, while Cooper is a writer and researcher for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and is a former senior music writer for The Tennessean. In January, the pair released “C&O Canal,” their fourth record together. The disc is stacked with folk and bluegrass covers, including songs originally written by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris and the Rosslyn Mountain Boys, among others. Fans of the late Gene Clark or Gram Parsons might want to check out this show.
Chris Buhalis Concerts in the Courtyard
Thursday, Aug. 4 @ Old Town General Store, 408 E. Grand River, Lansing.
All ages, $15, $9 students. 7:30 p.m.
Old Town General Store’s intimate, outdoor live-music showcase, Concerts in the Courtyard, returns Aug. 4 with a performance from Motor City songsmith Chris Buhalis. This show doubles as the Lansing release party for his latest LP, “Big Car Town.” Known for his classic country-tinged brand of folk music, Buhalis has appeared on notable radio programs like “Acoustic Café” and graced respected stages like the Ark in Ann Arbor. His earnest tunes have earned him tours across the country, and he’s shared bills with legendary artists like David Bromberg and Catie Curtis. He even opened a gig for the man who helped inspire Bob Dylan, the late Dave Van Ronk. Another badge of honor for Buhalis was having one of his songwriting heroes, the iconic Townes Van Zandt, record a vocal on his debut album, “Kenai Dreams.”
The Piss Poor Players at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, July 29 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. FREE, 18+, 8 p.m.
A night of punk-inspired outlaw country goes down Friday at the Avenue Café — and it’s free. Headlining the show is the Piss Poor Players, a Lansing-based country-folk band. The group’s bio describes its sound as “a few broke-ass folks singing bad songs about hard living.” Fans of the Goddamn Gallows or Slim Cessna's Auto Club might want to check out this gig. Sharing the bill is Dead Eye Zack, a Grand Rapids-based one-man punkabilly act who last month released a new acoustically-driven four-song EP, “Pretend.” Also performing is Jason Dawdy, a Pinckney-based folkie who has shared bills with the Appleseed Collective and Joseph Huber.