Eliot Bronson/Kellin Watson
Friday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10, www.eveningmuse.com
“Milkwaukee” - the breathtaking song he wrote after the death of Charlotte musician and Evening Muse fixture Rodney Lanier (Jolene, Sea of Cortez) speaks of Bronson’s gift as a writer and gives the former Brilliant Inventions’ singer’s latest album its title. He’s paired with Black Mountain-based jazzy folk-soul singer and actress Watson.
Saturday 11 p.m., Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., $17-$20, www.coyote-joes.com
Part country music anomaly/part acclaimed songwriter and go-to collaborator, the country rapper claimed his first No. 1 country album in October with “Declaration of Independence” fueled by “Back” - a simpler-times celebrating single with Jake Owen.
Hot Tuna & Leon Russell
Tuesday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $32-$168, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The one-time Jefferson Airplane side project from guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady (which long outlasted that original incarnation of Airplane) teams with fellow Rock n’ Roll Famer Russell for a night of classic Americana.
7th Annual Stout Pull
Tuesday 10 p.m., Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., $7, www.coyote-joes.com
Americana artists often trade tunes in this sort of songwriter circle, but this benefit concert lets mainstream country singers (who often moonlight as songwriters) show off their originals in a stripped-down setting. This year it’s Josh Thompson, Chris Stapleton (who’s written hits for Kenny Chesney), and Tyler Farr.
Wednesday 7 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33, www.livenation.com
Metal renaissance man Corey Taylor, who writes books and comics and now stars in horror films in his downtime (the upcoming “Fear Clinic” with Robert Englund), captains this ship while fellow Slipknot member/guitarist James Root (who is not on the tour) focuses on their other band’s next album. With Pop Evil and Stolen Babies.
Covers for a Cause
Wednesday 9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $5 minimum donation, www.doubledoorinn.com
The genre and decade-spanning music of Elvis Costello is on tap for local artists Elves, Amigo, gogo Pilot, Chuck Johnson, and Chris Edwards and Geoff White, who cover his tunes at this A Child’s Place Charlotte fundraiser.
Wednesday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free, www.snugrock.com
The prolific Charlotte trio celebrates the release of its new album, “A Thousand Jackals” with this Wednesday night January residency at the Plaza-Midwood bar. With mathy workouts, mid-song flip-switching, and songs that lyrically raise questions without sacrificing the fun, the album picks up where its “Collywobble” rock opera left off. It may be its best yet.
Thursday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $16-$26, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Coming off a slew of Best Album of 2013 lists for his post-sobriety record "Southeastern," recent marriage to fiddler/songwriter Amanda Shires, and a sell-out concert on his last trip to Charlotte (as well as elsewhere), the former Drive-By Trucker brings his impeccably written tunes and fiery guitar playing to a larger venue.
Note: The Percy Sledge show scheduled for Friday at Tremont Music Hall has been cancelled.