If you never saw Austin's hellacious punk-bluegrass trio the Bad Livers, you missed shows that brought punk fury and velocity to string-band music without sacrificing tight playing or running roughshod over melody. A cornerstone of their buzz in the early '90s was multi-instrumentalist Ralph White's sizzling dexterity on fiddle and accordion.
White left the Livers in the mid-’90s, but he's forged a solo career since that will undoubtedly please fans of the old-weird-America strain of neo-folk music. On his Nashville stop with Joshua Burkett, known to noise fans for his stint on saxophone with the seminal ’90s modern-psych band Vermonster, he'll be looping instruments such as kalimba and banjo, the latter of which he uses on the hell-for-leather cover of "Masters of War" above. According to his website, he'll also be selling three CDs recorded over the past year — The Hanged Man, Trash Fish Sushi and Stovepipe Blues — that are only available at gigs.
White and Burkett perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Betty's Bar and Grill, 407 49th Ave. N., on a bill with The Cherry Blossoms. Admission is $5. Below, a performance clip of Burkett.