Folk-rock mob The Strawbs are live at The Stables this Thursday evening (April 28), with a double dose of the delectable for fans: they'll be delivering an acoustic set and an electric one.

Join the band behind Lay Down and Part of the Union as they present a career spanning set from 8pm.

Over on Stage 2, the Keith Thompson Band will play for you. Hardly novices themselves, they've been touring for two decades. 

Hayes Carll is in the Wavendon house on Friday night (April 29).

Committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking, is this Texan traveller.

'Fiercely individual, Hayes' banged-up take on classic country is honed by the road – sometimes as a man and guitar, sometimes with his scrappy band, but always taking in the vistas and humanity before him.' How good does that sound?

You'll find out from 8pm by splitting with £14.50.

Broadcasters Blofeld and Baxter are back in the Keynes on Saturday night (April 30) with their new show Rogues on the Road, which is bursting with commentary box tales and no doubt comes with extra innings!

Join Henry and Peter for 'testing' times...

Stage 2 on Saturday night belongs to Michael Roach who invites you to step back in sound – to the Blues era popular in the 1920's. If you want to cast off the glum side, a trip to see Roach roar will do it.

Now to a band whose members soul-ed out years ago.

Brother Strut have performed on records with a total sales figure of more than half a billion copies.

Just think about that for a moment. Half a billion. Wow.

But then, when you learn that the Strutters have been on releases by artists including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Amy Winehouse, you can see the sales start stacking up.

And there's plenty more besides.

Funk and soul isn't what they chaps play, it's who they are.

Support comes from our own Nicky Prince.

Six-legged North Carolina folk-Americana sorts Underhill Rose (above) are up on Sunday (May 1) night, playing the penultimate date of their debut UK tour.

They've good reason for infiltrating our gigging haunts just now though – with a new third album, The Great Tomorrow, fresh to the racks.

Emotively, the release has it all – from heart wrenching to sassy, playful, and thought-provoking, and the three ladies have been working the sounds together for more than a decade.

If you like what you hear this week, stay tuned – the roses will be back on these shores in the Autumn.

Grammy winner Rita Coolidge sees in the new week (May 2).

She inspired, co-wrote and performed some of the most iconic tracks of the 1970s, and performed with artists including Hendrix, Joe Cocker and Clapton.  For a time there, she was married to Kris Kristofferson too. Talk about a fiercely fantastic musical partnership.

Earlier this month, Rita released her memoir, Delta Lady which shares the story of her life at the epicentre of the music scene of the 1970s, taking the page-turner from her childhood in Tennessee to becoming a much in-demand vocalist in Los Angeles.

We've not read it (yet) but but it sounds like Delta will be a fascinating glance into those hazy days past.

But music was at the heart of everything, and Monday's Stables set will prove the perfect precursor for her new album expected later this year.

Country music gal Laura Cantrell returns on Tuesday evening, and will no doubt pull from 2013s album No Way There From Here.

Proof that you can't rush good things, that opus was the first album of original songs in 11 years, and the New York based player opted to record it in Nashville.

Wrapping up the week on Wednesday (May 4) will be down to the Bohem Ragtime Jazz Band with eight members tackling 20 instruments.

Humour, joy, jazz and jolly good times.  It's what The Stables does as standard. Visit to make bookings.