Joseph Huber’s latest album The Suffering Stage was just released in April, but you could easily trick somebody into thinking it was a lost gem from the folk-country boom of the early 1970s. The Milwaukee musician’s work has a beautifully rustic and weathered vibe about it, though he filters his old-fashioned Americana through more modern sensibilities (think Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline phase, or the Band’s twangier material). Huber is comfortable with spare, acoustic balladry, but he’ll occasionally swerve into bluegrass, throwing fiddle, harmonica and banjo into the mix. He’ll be performing next week at the Pin!, which isn’t the first local venue where you’d expect to catch a folky singer-songwriter; we highly suggest that you do.
— Nathan Weinbender