After a few years spent exploring the rope-burn line between country and pop with confidence, insight, and a bit of sweet swagger, Mindy Smith has, with studio album No. 3, identified the gene that establishment types like Sheryl Crow have lost. Smith is no slouch in the playin' and singin' categories--she could probably sing you the American country songbook over a few bottles of whiskey. But boots have never been the only thing under her bed, and it's that balance that reveals records like 2009's Stupid Love as the kind of thing more people should really be hearing. It's more than just 100 miles from Memphis. With Dana Parish.
Thu., Aug. 26, 8 p.m., 2010