Mike Brown, by himself, is a better folk act than most full-scale projects. His skill as a guitarist/dobro player and singer-songwriter is unparalleled. Using a loop pedal, Brown layers and synchronizes beats and progressions, cleverly creating a full band sound that stomps and moves like a raucous barn bash. His lyrics are thought-provoking as they weave over his plucked finger style. It's roots music, and with all the percussive riffs, it revolves and moves much like Native American or African music does, keeping your head bobbing and your dusty boots moving.
Mike Brown will perform with MVT, The Straw House Uncertainty, and Earth Science on Friday, July 25, at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. 9 p.m. $6-$8. Bugjar.com.