On the show this week, I feature the new album from the masterful storyteller Joe Crookston, and the compelling songs from Lucy Billings’ new release. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Joseph Arthur, the Big Bright, and Ernest Troost, to name just a few. Tune in and listen, this Saturday at 8pm, to Fresh Folk, on Utah Public Radio.
The summer concert season is in full swing, and here’s a list of who’s playing when: Merle Haggard at Kingsbury Hall on June 24th, Peter Murphy at the Depot on June 25th, the Utah Arts Festival takes place June 27 and 28 with headliners Mountain Heart and John McCutcheon scheduled, Bill Medley at the Egyptian Theater in Park City on June 27thand 28th, The Punch Brothers at Deer Valley on July 6th, The Hold Steady at the Urban Lounge on July 14th, Mary Chapin Carpenter at Deer Valley on July 19th, James McMurtry at Snowbasin on July 20th, the Indigo Girls at Kenley Amphitheater on July 25th, and OK Go at the State Room on August 8th. In Logan, Australian singer-songwriter Sherrie Austin plays at the Bullen Center on June 27th, REO Speedwagon plays for the Cruise In on July 4th, and Rupert Wates does a show at Crumb Brothers on July 19th. Lastly, Red Butte Garden’s season includes: Robert Cray and Mavis Staples on June 20th, Natalie Cole on June 24th, Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson on June 29th, Sarah McLachlan on July 1st, the Avett Brothers on July 9th, Bob Weir and Ratdog on July 10th, Tedeschi Trucks Band on July 22nd, Lyle Lovett on July 25th, Gary Clark Jr on July 27th, Taj Mahal and John Hiatt on August 3rd, Chris Isaak on August 5th, the John Butler Trio on August 6th, and Ray LaMontagne on August 8th.