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Critic's picks

By Stuart Munro
Globe Correspondent / September 11, 2011

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THE WRONGLERS WITH JIMMIE DALE GILMORE Zen cowboy Jimmie Dale gets all old-timey and bluegrassy and brings along the Wronglers to help him do it. Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Club Passim. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim.com

TOBY KEITH Oklahoma cowboy Toby gets neither old-timey nor bluegrassy, playing his in-your-face modern country to close out the Mansfield summer shed’s season. He shares the bill with Eric Church and JT Hodges. Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$81.50. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

TEN OUT OF TENN And en masse to Mass, these young Nashville singer-songwriters are a musical support group of sorts, each by turn playing a couple of songs while the rest provide backing. Sept. 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

SCOTT H. BIRAM One man with a couple of guitars (sitting down, too), and he produces this kind of ferocious, primal roar? Amazing. Sept. 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. T.T. the Bear’s Place. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

MARTY STUART A man on a mission to preserve the history and sound of traditional country music returns to a venue that’s knee-deep in that history. Sept. 24, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$35. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

DOUG WAMBLE Taxonomically speaking, Wamble is a jazz musician, but he incorporates so much from other worlds into what he does that he ends up somewhere entirely new. Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

RODNEY CROWELL He has just published a memoir that focuses on his Houston upbringing, which he began chronicling musically on 2001’s “The Houston Kid.’’ His current tour is a solo affair that combines his musical and literary endeavors. Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Showcase Live, Foxborough. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

JOHN OATES You know him best, of course, as half of one of the most successful blue-eyed soul pairings ever. His new solo record looks elsewhere, to a rootsy revisitation of music originating in the Mississippi Delta. Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. The Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley. 877-536-7190. www.bullrunrestaurant.com

GRAM INTERNATIONAL IV This annual tribute finds local descendants and kindred spirits (the Molenes, the Weisstronauts, Twang ’em High, and others) celebrating the music of alt-country pioneer Gram Parsons. Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

PAUL THORN He named his latest album, “Pimps & Preachers,’’ for the two people who formed him - his uncle and his father, respectively - and the stories Thorn tells of sin and salvation begin from there. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS Folk-punk, Englishness, and, lately, even a bit of the bard (via the title of his new record, “England in My Bones’’). Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Middle East. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

SHELBY LYNNE Her 2000 release, “I Am Shelby Lynne,’’ started a string of records marked by Lynne’s fierce eclecticism. She’ll be showcasing the next iteration when she arrives in November, supporting her upcoming release, “Revelation Road.’’ Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

JOAN BAEZ AND KRIS KRISTOFFERSON Two icons and grizzled veterans (well, maybe one grizzled) do a doubleheader. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$85. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200. www.bso.org

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES These Minnesotans caused a bit of a stir at the Newport Folk Festival this year with their frenzied, careening take on old-time and bluegrass music. Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES Banjo wizard Fleck will be playing with the original Flecktones for the first time in 18 years. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$54. Sanders Theatre. 617-496-2222. www.boxoffice.harvard.edu