Cotton Jones and Human Highway
What these acts share in common is a realization of artistic detours. Maryland’s Cotton Jones is a duo consisting of Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw; previously, the pair fronted Christian indie-pop-folk group Page France, issuing an underrated trio of twee albums. Cotton Jones finds them mining organ-based blues and Zombies-esque dark wave to spooky, if not especially ecclesiastical, effect. For Human Highway, Islands’ Nick Thorburn and singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie — both Canadian — team up for lonesomely sparse folk adventures, where questing sentiments and isolated piano and guitar often form song strands that recall pop hits of the 1950s and ’60s. It’ll be good times — chances are, dad (or maybe even grandpa) might wanna tag along for this show.