Decatur’s Caroline Herring celebrates the release of her new CD, “Camilla,” with two shows at Eddie’s Attic this weekend. Photo: Tom Fahey
Herring is a magnificent storyteller, a master of the painterly detail, but she never gives it all away. There are enigmatic spaces in her songs that work like magnets, drawing the listener deep into her tales of hardship, history, perseverance and celebration. These shows spotlight the Decatur resident’s new album, “Camilla,” her sixth release. It’s another stellar beauty from an artist who gets better with each passing year.
8 p.m. Sept. 7-8. $18; $15 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
Brothers and Sisters Festival
Blackberry Smoke, like the Zac Brown Band, built a devoted following by taking its crowd-pleasing Southern rock to the people one show at a time. The hard-touring Atlanta band just released its third album, “The Whippoorwill,” on Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label. The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri writes “If you’re a fan of the sleazy, swaggery Southern blues-rock supplied by the Black Crowes 20 years ago, you’ll find the band’s kindred spirits in Blackberry Smoke.” The band headlines this new festival, which also includes the North Mississippi Allstars, Unknown Hinson, Reynolds and Williams Band, Nathan Nelson and the Entertainment Crackers.
3 p.m. Sept. 8. $20 in advance. Masquerade Music Park, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
Inventive bluegrass mandolin master founded the genre-bending New Grass Revival and was a member of Emmylou Harris’ Nash Ramblers. He now heads his own combo and he’s still incorporating elements from all over the musical map.
9 p.m. Sept. 8. $20. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta.
Yeasayer sprinkles the usual indie-rock rumble with a generous handful of world music spice. It might even be groove-laden enough to make a reticent indie head-nodder shake his groove thing. The band is touring behind its just released third album “Fragrant World.”
8 p.m. Sept. 8. $22.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Charlie Wilson, shown here at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in July 2011, returns to the outdoor venue this weekend. Photo: Raymond Hagans
Former Gap Band vocalist Charlie Wilson’s latest album, “Just Charlie, “ included a collaboration with Fantasia (“I Wanna Be Your Man”) and “You Are,” which topped the Urban Adult Contemporary chart for an impressive 15 weeks (and brought him two Grammy nominations). He’s also become a regular year-end/New Year presence on Atlanta’s stages. He helped ring in 2010 with a show on Jan. 1 and saw out with a New Year’s Eve gig. In 2011, he played on the eve of New Year’s Eve.
8 p.m. Sept. 8. $25-$69. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4900.
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival
Atlanta’s hard rock fans suffered a major blow recently when radio station Project 9-6-1 announced that it was switching to a Top 40 format, leaving us without a local station that covers that swath of the music landscape. Luckily, some relief came in the form of the newly launched 98.9 The Bone. The bands on this bill are the ones who would be left without a spot on an Atlanta playlist if the active rock format went missing. In fact, Shinedown’s “Unity” was one of the first five songs the station played when it debuted Sept. 1. Shinedown is joined by with Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach and Adelitas Way.
2 p.m. Sept. 12. $75 general admission pit; $25-$55 reserved; $25 lawn; $75 lawn four-pack. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
He’ll always be known as Guns ’N Roses’ guitarist, but at least he had the good sense to move on (unlike bandmate Axl Rose, who insists on keeping some version of “Guns ’N Roses” going). He’s released albums and performed with Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and, most recently, as a solo artist (amid numerous cameo appearances). His 2010 debut solo album included contributions from Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl and Fergie. His second album, 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love,” is credited to Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. That’s the band he’s bringing with him on this tour, too.
8 p.m. Sept. 12. $32.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Built To Spill
Guitarist and vocalist Doug Martsch leads this beloved Idaho combo, making music that is by turns explosive and graceful. He’s a guitar hero without all the self-indulgent flash.
8 p.m. Sept. 13. $23; $20 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Shane Harrison, email@example.com