Full Friday in Folk 

By Steven Libowitz   |   October 10, 2023

Charley Crockett, a Texas original who draws from traditional hillbilly music, vintage soul, and R&B to give his old-school country twang an extra earthy feel, opened UCSB A&L’s season at the Arlington almost exactly a year ago. The Americana Music Awards’ Emerging Artist of the Year for 2021 heads back to the venue on Friday, October 6 under the auspices of Goldenvoice with classic country-plus compatriot Cassandra Lewis opening. That same night the promoter is also bringing Grammy-nominated multi-hyphenate Valerie June Hockett (singer-songwriter, illustrator, poet, certified yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor, etc.) to the Lobero, with atmospheric indie singer-songwriter Caitlin Jemma opening. Good thing the Bowl is dark that night!… Also on October 6: Girl Named Tom, the sibling singers who in 2021 were the first trio to win The Voice, still specialize in close harmony covers of folk-rock classics (Joni Mitchell, CSN, James Taylor) with modern pop (Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, etc.). But now there’s also an album of original songs, both of which will be heard outdoors at the relatively intimate Solvang Festival Theater. Singer-songwriter J. Maya opens. 


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