The name of her latest album is “All I Intended to Be.” And if all Emmylou Harris intended to be was a country music legend, an in-demand collaborator, a 12-time Grammy winner and a beloved entertainer, she’s succeeded. She’s also succeeded in transcending Nashville’s fickle machinery by appealing to a broad audience and doing things on her own terms. With Tift Merritt. There’s more on this and the Mary Gauthier show on accessAtlanta.
7 p.m. June 25. Sold out ($50). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859.
You can hear the weight of Louisiana native Gauthier’s past — she’s the adopted child of divorced parents and was a teenage runaway with drug and alcohol problems — in the grim, gritty poetry of her songs and in the bruised twang of her voice. Her earthy delivery and spacious arrangements aren’t radio-friendly, but her songs speak of universal, if painful, truths. Her latest album, “The Foundling,” is an autobiographical work, dealing with her search for her birth parents.
7 and 9:30 p.m. June 25. $22; $20 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs
Now a Georgia resident, British musician Golightly’s career began with all-girl garage band Thee Headcoatees in 1991, before striking out on her own in 1995. Her gritty, primitive rock aesthetic comes across like a mix of old acoustic country blues, early R&B, pre-British Invasion rock and rustic folk.
9 p.m. June 25. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
When “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway” or the cryptic “Horse With No Name” wafts from the radio, it’s like being transported back to the early ’70s. Admit it, you turn it up. The group — essentially the duo of Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley since Dan Peek’s 1977 departure — released “Here & Now” in 2007, an album that included collaborations with younger artists such as Ryan Adams and members of Nada Surf and My Morning Jacket. It was produced by former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger. The duo is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. With Christopher Cross.
7 p.m. June 26. $45-$55. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630.
ATL Summer Jam featuring Heads of State
Do a little time traveling back to the era of New Jack Swing with Heads of State (aka New Edition alumni Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. They’ll be joined by Tony, Toni, Toné (who gave us the irresistibly catchy early ’90s jam “If I Had No Loot”) and Faith Evans.
7:30 p.m. June 26. $10.75-$69. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler
Rascal Flatts is one of the biggest acts in country, even though there’s nothing particularly country about their music. Of course, you could say that about much of what Nashville is offering these days, so it’s tough to single Rascal Flatts out for something everyone is doing. And they must be doing something right, because the trio climbs to the upper reaches of the country chart with amazing regularity. Pickler was among the finalists in the fifth season of “American Idol.” Since then, she’s landed several songs in the Top 20 on the country singles chart and “Best Days of Your Life” was a Top 10 hit.
7 p.m. June 27. $31-$71.75. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000.
It’s been four years since “Waiting for the Light to Change,” but Atlanta singer-songwriter Ben Wakeman is back with a new album to celebrate. On “I’m Just the Same as I Was,” his music still displays a sprightly mix of sweetness, smarts and irresistible melodic hooks, but this one feels sturdier. It could have something to do with the drums and production work of Kevin Leahy and the assistance of some stellar musicians, but Wakeman deserves most of the credit. It’s a more mature work from an artist who just keeps growing, and those four years were time well spent. As Wakeman puts it in the liner notes, this isn’t just a chronicle of the good times and the bad times. “It’s taken me a long time to pay attention to the stretches in between,” he writes. That’s where most of life happens, and where most of Wakeman’s tuneful observations reside.
2:30 p.m. June 27. $10. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
The only link to the band that used to be called Hole is Courtney Love, and that will probably be enough for many fans. It looked like Love was on a solo track with the 2006 album “America’s Sweetheart,” which came out under her own name. Then she announced a Hole reunion. That was news to former band mates Eric Erlandson and Melissa Auf der Maur. Hole released “Nobody’s Daughter” in April, and Love was the only link to those earlier Hole albums. It debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 album chart, but was gone from the chart after two more weeks.
8 p.m. June 30. $35. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.