ARTS Pick: Darrin Bradbury

Humor, heartbreak, and lyrical twists make up Darrin Bradbury’s compelling Americana tunes on Friday at the Southern. Photo credit: John Trossi Humor, heartbreak, and lyrical twists make up Darrin Bradbury’s compelling Americana tunes on Friday at the Southern. Photo credit: John Trossi

Boasting gritty, authentic vocals and a solid backbone to his melodies, Darrin Bradbury returns to town, acoustic guitar in tow, to open for singer-songwriter Carl Anderson. His homespun storytelling reflects his new Nashville address as he bobs and weaves through rustic tales of love and protest punctuated by a dark sense of humor. August’s Motel Oatmeal is the latest installment in his rapidly growing Americana roots discography.

Friday 9/19. $8-10, 8pm. The Southern Cafe & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. 977-5590.