Like many great folk singers before him, Luke Redfield (pictured) has adopted the persona of the roving musician to shape his carefully-wrought ballads. In fact, he even claims to have spent five years wandering the countryside of North America and Europe in culling that identity. Regardless of whether such claims are true, the Minneapolis native demonstrates a knack for capturing the expansive American mythos in the old soul of his new album, Ephemeral Eon, delivering his understated narratives with a rough-hewn voice that echoes Woody Guthrie's. With the help of songstress, Haley Bonar, and Andrew Bird's guitarist, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Redfield elicits the textures of M. Ward and ambience of Townes van Zandt in a way that's compelling without the need for a back story. For her part, there's no doubting Aria Souder's cred: she recorded her first album in a Scottish castle. Tonight she'll join Redfield with her own new release, the Love. Angel. Daylight. EP. With the Greycoats and Puppy Dogs and Ice Cream.
Sat., March 20, 8 p.m., 2010