Band: The Weeping Willows
Date: Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room, 78 St. Francis St.,
Tickets: $20 artist donation at the door

While a plethora of artists are molding Americana into nebulous subgenres, some musicians have chosen to remain true to the foundation. The Weeping Willows keep their down-home brand of bluegrass and early county as close to its roots as possible.

Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates make their home in Melbourne, Australia, but this duo’s homespun music sounds as if it were crafted deep in the wilderness of the Southeastern United States. With their harmonically synced vocals and a handful of stringed instruments, The Weeping Willows’ mastery of foundational American country cannot be denied.

“Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’” is the latest addition to The Weeping Willows’ catalog. This collection is a journey into the past. Each song mixes thoughtful arrangements with a focus on love that shifts from beautiful to tragic. These twofold messages are delivered through the duo’s combined harmonic vocals. This musical concoction encases the tracks with an air of haunting passion.