by Kirsty Evans
The Lost Songs of Otto Mobile (Brave Scarecrow Records)
Supposedly inspired by a dream visit from singer Matt Lundquist’s great-great-grand-uncle Otto, this rollicking tribute to the old days is classic Americana. Boozy, twangy, and often rather funny — this is what country sounded like before it went pop, when it still had the blues.
At Simple Pleasures (3434 Balboa St., San Francisco) on January 4. 8 p.m., free
At Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on January 7. 8 p.m., $14.50, $15.50