David Childers has a voice you just believe. A lawyer-turned-singer/songwriter from Mount Holly, he’s plain-spoken yet also commanding, singing in a stout bellow that imbues his songs about the thornier side of humanity with an authority that sounds lived-in. And with studio work from Don Dixon and Mitch Easter (the team that co-produced R.E.M.’s landmark first two albums way back when) throwing that voice into stark relief, Childers’ new album “Run Skeleton Run” (Ramseur Records) rings true from first note to last.
Childers will show off “Run Skeleton Run” at a free show happening at 7 p.m. Friday at the Apex Historic Depot. For details, see apexnc.org.
- Friday also brings Perfume Genius to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, Antique Hearts opening for Delta Saints at Raleigh’s Pour House and two big festivals that continue through the weekend, Artsplosure in Raleigh and Moogfest in Durham.
- Asleep at the Wheel rolls into the Carrboro ArtsCenter Saturday.
- Dead Man Winter, Americana alter-ego of Trampled by Turtles main man Dave Simonett, plays the Cradle Back Room Tuesday, the same night venerable blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood is at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
- Wednesday brings the Chainsmokers to Raleigh’s PNC Arena, and the pairing of Guided By Voices alumnus Tobin Sprout and Elf Power to the Cradle Back Room.
- Honky-tonk dude Wayne Hancock plays Chapel Hill’s Local 506 Thursday, the same night Franz Ferdinand is at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre and Skylar Gudasz opens for Tellico at this week’s Back Porch Music show at Durham’s American Tobacco Warehouse.