As the Americana idiom moves closer and closer to its flamboyant stage — more electricity and speed — it's nice to have anchors like Brooklyn-based Richard Buckner, who remains on the acoustic side of the street. Comparisons have been made to Townes Van Zandt and the other patron saints of the road-weary, whiskey-soaked, hardcore troubadours. Nick Young fills out the bill.
Richard Buckner performs Thursday, December 13, 8 p.m. at Abilene, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $15-$17. abilenebarandlounge.com.