11:35 AM CST, January 27, 2012
Joe Henry: The singer-songwriter is perhaps best known these days as a producer for his excellent work on albums by Allen Touissant, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann and Solomon Burke, among others. But his own albums are reliably excellent, even as they flit around from country-folk to more experimental textures. His latest and 12th studio album, “Reverie,” is intentionally scruffy around the edges, intentionally under-produced and overtly personal and moving, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Av., $25, $23, $21; oldtownschool.org.
Otis Clay: If it’s real-deal soul-singing you want, Clay is the ticket. He emerged in the mid-‘60s at the gruff, gritty intersection of gospel and R&B, then enjoyed his biggest commercial successes while recording with Willie Mitchell in Memphis during the ‘70s, sharing a studio and musicians with Al Green. He remains in terrific voice decades later, 9 p.m. Saturday at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, Ill., $15; ticketweb.com.
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