While many musicians embrace February as a time to hit the studio and record their their next album, folk artists hit the road in force.
Here are some of the must-see acts coming our way.
The Wailin’ Jennys
Raleigh’s PineCone Down Home Concert series continues its excellent programming with Canadian acoustic trio The Wailin’ Jennys. Founded in 2002, the trio has earned acclaim in Canada and the United States for musicianship and tightly blended harmonies. The new CD, “Fifteen,” was released in 2017.
The details: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $42 -$47. 919-664-8302 or pinecone.org
The Quebe Sisters
Still in their 20s, the Quebe Sisters – Hulda, Sophia and Grace – have set the world of Texas fiddling afire, winning state and national championships from 1999 through 2002. If stout and sassy Western Swing is your thing, the Quebe Sisters will fiddle away your winter blues. Little Suzy (Rebecca Newton and LaNelle Davis) will open.
The details: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham. $20-$25. 919-401-1979 or thebluenotegrill.com
Since leaving Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson has crafted a career centered on American roots music. Blues, old-time and gospel are given a contemporary patina by Watson’s musical gifts and experienced showmanship.
The details: 8 p.m. Feb. 7. Cat’s Cradle Back Room, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. $18-$20. 919-967-9053 or catscradle.com/events
Hank, Pattie and the Current
North Carolina’s Hank (Smith), Pattie (Hopkins Kinlaw) and the Current blend traditional bluegrass with progressive vision, resulting in original acoustic delights. Their show will feature selections from their latest CD, “Hold Your Head Up High.”
The details: 9 p.m. Feb. 17. Cat’s Cradle Back Room, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-967-9053 or catscradle.com/events
Larry and Teresa
Larry Campbell, from Bob Dylan’s band to music director for Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, is a musician’s musician of the first degree. Campbell and his wife, Teresa Williams, serve up a sizzling menu of hard-driving rock, old-time folk and sanctified gospel.
The details: 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Cat’s Cradle Back Room, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. $17-$20. 919-967-9053 or catscradle.com/events
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
Jazz, blues, folk and country provide the inspiration for Paxton’s modern take on the old-time way. With instrumental wizardry and an encyclopedic repertoire, Paxton transports the listener back in time to the musically innovative decade of the 1920s.
The details: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $29-$31 for non-members. 919-664-8302 or pinecone.org