It may seem like an oxymoron, Canadian country music. What could be more wholly American than the twangy Nashville-esque sounds of pedal steel ringing through low and lauding laments? But rambling Canadian native, Zachary Lucky comes from the stock of country music, his grandfather Smiling Johnny Lucky, who the younger Lucky claims was the first musician to play gigs in the Arctic Circle and tour the northern Aboriginal reserves of his home country, was one of the literal grandfathers of the massive Canadian folk scene. 8 pm. Mon., Dec. 1. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
Los Angeles band with an Appalachian drawl, Rose's Pawn Shop came together out of a series of serendipitous events including the actual pawning of all of their musical equipment by their lead singer's ex-girlfriend Rose. Luckily, the band has persevered tough times to make some full and rollicking country pop music made for stomp-alongs. This band was made for Bend (yes, they have a banjo!). 8 pm. Wed., Dec 3. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8-10.
Three part harmonies and the warm layers of two guitars topped with the pluck of a banjo, this Sisters band's spacious songwriting reflects the quaint nature of their hometown. Adding (their words) a "pinch" of bluegrass to top their folky acoustic music, the fellas write melodic and swaying ditties apt for wide-open spaces. 7 pm. Wed., Dec. 3. Mcmenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St. Free.