Amber Thieneman photo | Joan Shelley, a singer-songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky, will perform at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Amber Thieneman photo | Joan Shelley, a singer-songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky, will perform at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Kentucky songstress visits South End’s central stage

Joan Shelley, a singer-songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky, will perform at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Tickets, $25 for reserved table seating, are on sale via www.treehousebainbridge.com for this 21-and-older-only concert.

Shelley draws inspiration from traditional performers from her homeland, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland and England — but she’s not a folksinger.

Her disposition aligns more closely with Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or her fellow Kentuckian Tom T. Hall, who once explained in a song, “I Witness Life.”

She sings less of her life and more of her place: of landscapes and watercourses; of flora and fauna; of seasons changing and years departing and the ineluctable attempt of humans to make some small sense of it.

Her perspective and performances both have been described as “pure,” but there’s no trace of the Pollyanna and there’s little of the pastoral either; her work instead wrestles with deeper waters.

Since the 2015 release of her album “Over and Even,” Shelley has crossed the country and toured Europe, opened for Wilco, Chris Smither, Patty Griffin, Andrew Bird and Richard Thompson.

Jeff Tweedy produced her previous record at The Loft in Chicago.

She’ll be familiar to readers of guitar-centric magazines for having appeared, in the same month, on the covers of both Fretboard Journal and Acoustic Guitar.

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