Jim Lauderdale at Strange Brew. It’s awfully hard to keep up with country songwriter Lauderdale’s prolific career. Even as evaporating sales have led some artists to record less, Lauderdale has released eight albums in the past five years, including 2015’s two-volume, 26-song “Soul Searching” recorded half in Memphis and half in his hometown of Nashville. Perhaps best known as the host of the annual Americana Music Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium, Lauderdale has become one of the genre’s most active and enduring creative forces. $25-$30. 8 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Americans at Continental Club. Last seen on this stage a few weeks ago when they teamed with the Pogues’ Spider Stacy to reimagine the Irish band’s repertoire with a Cajun twist, the Ramblers return to put their own music in the spotlight. Joining them is Los Angeles band the Americans, whose profile will rise considerably this spring when they’re featured prominently in the upcoming PBS program “American Epic” along with the likes of Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, Nas and Elton John. $8. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
Free Week, Day Seven: Multi-band bills at the Mohawk include American Sharks outside and Bee Caves inside. … Additional action along Red River includes My Jerusalem, Boyfrndz, Lowin and more at Empire Control Room & Garage; Ghost Bunny, Hooka Hey and more on Sidewinder’s two stages; and Purple, OBN IIIs, Broken Gold and Hidden Ritual indoors at Stubb’s. … Rainey Street free shows include the Mrs. Glass residency at Blackheart and Dilia at Geraldine’s. … West-of-Congress options include the Bellfuries at the Belmont with DJ Chorizo Funk, and Holiday Mountain at Lamberts with Technicolor Hearts . … Kick up dust at the White Horse with Leo Rondeau, Rosie & the Ramblers and Candler Wilkinson. … Head south for a six-band bill at One-2-One Bar including I Am the Albatross and Coattails, or catch the return of Canadian country upstart Whitney Rose‘s Thursday happy-hour gig at the Continental Club.