KAKI KING, THE STATE ROOM, Friday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m., $17
Kaki King is one of the more remarkable instrumentalists you can find, a woman capable of totally flooring a room full of fans with just an acoustic guitar, or a lap-steel. She's never met a genre she didn't like, and her albums and live shows jump from jazz to classical to rock with ease, thanks to her dextrous playing and inventive composing skills. When Rolling Stone magazine put together a list of the "new guitar gods" a few years back, King was both the only woman on the list, and the youngest player overall--not too shabby. She also does film and TV scoring, most notably alongside Eddie Vedder on the Into the Wild soundtrack. Her newest album, Glow, is a stellar set, and you can expect to hear a heavy dose of it Friday night at The State Room. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper opens the show.
DON WILLIAMS, DEE EVENTS CENTER, Ogden, Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., $33-38
Don Williams is known in many quarters as the "Gentle Giant" of country music, his bulky frame and bass-y baritone combining to make the man look pretty imposing. But the 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame is better known for his popular ballads like "Some Broken Hearts Never End" and easy-grooving country pop hits like "Tulsa Time" (my personal favorite). All told, he's had 17 No. 1 country hit songs, and after "retiring" in 2006, he's back with a brand new album, And So It Goes, and a tour stopping in Utah Friday. The album is a winner from beginning to end, and includes collaborations with Williams fans like Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. Williams is famous for shunning attention--he wouldn't even give interviews when he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame--and given his attempt to retire a few years back, consider this your last best chance to see the man perform in Utah.