The first thing that registers about Bob Harp's second album is how evocative it feels, how true it sounds - as if his guitar and harmonica really have collected dust for decades. The effect is but an illusion (he's a young guy; his songs are new), but the ploy is forgiven as his tunes speak for themselves. If not directly, they muse affectionately on America, folk, the country, and the West.
At Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda) on Aug. 6. 8:30 p.m., free
At Rasputin Music (2401 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley) on Aug. 9. 1 p.m., free