- Darden Smith, Friends House Concert, Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., $30-$45, house-concerts.org, call 373-8879 for location and ticket information.
Like many of his fellow Austinites, Smith has a wry sense of humor combined with a generosity of spirit, and that comes through in his music as well. Songs like “Meet Me on the Levee” convey an emotional depth and beguiling folk-pop sensibility that, in their best moments, bring to mind Richard Thompson and Steve Earle. Smith’s most recent album Everything finds the singer-songwriter, who is currently in the midst of a solo tour, backed by a top-flight band that includes Charlie Sexton and Michael Ramos, with guest vocals from the likes of Beth Nielsen Chapman and Kelly Willis. It’s a worthy collection that once again shows Smith can do heartbreak and inspiration equally well, prompting like-minded songwriter Mary Gauthier to describe his music as “medicine for a world gone wrong.”