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John Craigie

The Olympic, Sept. 19

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In appearance and demeanor, John Craigie has the feel of someone eternally young. His sound, however, harkens back to the early days of folk music with troubadours such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. The modern folk musician from Portland, Oregon crafts tunes that are beautifully simple but somehow full-bodied. In a classic folk tradition, his lyrics are the drivers to his music. He typically performs alone, with only a guitar and a harmonica to accompany his tunes. Recently, he's opened for folk superstar Jack Johnson, who asked him to perform in the most stripped down form: himself and a guitar. While many of Craigie's tunes are serious songs about love, loss and life, others are whimsical and funny, like his song "Let's Talk This Over, When We're Sober," a song he wrote about a couple he overheard arguing at Burning Man.

With Aaron Golay, $17, 8 p.m., The Olympic, 1009 W. Main St., theolympicboise.com.