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October 07, 2016

Saturday: The return of Birdie Busch’s Philly Opry

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Birdie Busch and pals play Johnny Brenda's on Saturday.

For a while now, Birdie Busch has been one of Philly’s most entrancing and inventive singer-songwriters. Earnest and poetic, folksy and artsy and fairly country, Busch writes songs that pull on the heart and, sometimes, move the hips. She also has this amazing business plan, wherein you can become a Birdie Busch “subscriber,” gaining access to all of her music, even unreleased stuff, for an annual fee.

Her most recent record is “Thunder Bridge;” it’s gorgeous and catchy. There’s the heartfelt “All We Really Need:”

“Call You By Name” is another pretty one, with some simple strumming and wondering lyrics. Makes you feel good:

And of course there’s “Do It Like You Mean It,” Busch’s lovely duet with Jaron Olevsky. It was the hit of our Summer Mixtape:

This Saturday, Busch continues her tradition of hosting a “Philly Opry,” a hoedown/variety show-type deal, featuring lots of her musician friends, but you won’t know who till you get there.

The Fifth Philly Opry with Birdie Busch and special guests

Saturday, Oct. 8
9:15 p.m., $12
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Ave.