Saturday, Dec. 4; Super-secret AMP House Concert Location Near You (all ages, 7:30 p.m.): Wisconsinite Jeffrey Foucault could just be the risen savior of the country-folk inflected flock of contemporary singer-songwriters. He's recorded just two albums during a career influenced by the Texas Great Ones—Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt—and marked by nods to the varied talents of Greg Brown, Chris Smither, Kelly Joe Phelps, John Hammond, etc.
Dark and bluesy, Foucault's songs cry forth from a forbidden place, glimpses of which are offered via his conversational low tenor and subtle, complex finger style guitar work.
Of all the singer-songwriters the AMP folks have graced us with over the past couple of years, Jeffrey Foucault is without a doubt (at least in my mind) the one most deserving of your complete attention. He's the kind of artist that inspires selfishness—you don't want him to sing that major label deal or record a hit with Richard Buckner. You want to covet him in his obscurity and share his music only with those deserving of it.