Bet you didn’t know the Appalachians actually run all the way to Australia. Well, OK, they don’t. But Australian native Kasey Chambers puts such an idiosyncratic spin on Americana from this part of the world, you’d almost swear that was the case. Chambers’ new album “Dragonfly” (Essence Group Entertainment) is her most ambitious effort yet, a sprawling two-disc set featuring cameo guests ranging from Ed Sheeran to her fellow Down-Under twang cohorts Keith Urban and Paul Kelly. And Chambers is in terrific voice throughout, as always. She’ll be singing it live Friday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Doors open at 7 p.m., Garret Cato opens at 8 and tickets are $22-$25. See catscradle.com for details.
- Friday is busy on the Americana front, with Jennifer Knapp at the Cradle Back Room and Steve Earle at Durham’s Carolina Theatre.
- Friday also brings Tedeschi Trucks to downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater with Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna, and 2008 “American Idol” David Cook to Raleigh’s Stag’s Head Music Hall.
- Another quirky Australian, latterday bluesman C.W. Stoneking, plays Durham’s Motorco Music Hall with Curtis Eller on Saturday, while MercyMe is at Red Hat and Scythian plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
- Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon is at the Cradle Sunday; Primus plays Red Hat Tuesday with Clutch.
- Wednesday brings Tulsa’s John Moreland to the Cradle with Travis Linville, venerable bluesman John Hammond to Durham’s Blue Note and Steel Woods to Chapel Hill’s Local 506.
- And the mighty Slayer plays Red Hat Thursday, with Lamb of God.