It's going to be hard to top Joan Shelley's Nelsonville Music Festival performance. The hum of cicadas filled the air, adding a summery, ambient drone to the singer/guitarist's hypnotic, pure-as-snow singing and Nathan Salsburg's crisp, melodic additions on second guitar. But a no-opener "Evening with Joan Shelley" at the Wex should be a treat, too, since the songwriter's modern take on trad folk won't be fighting against the din of a crowded bar.

It's going to be hard to top Joan Shelley's Nelsonville Music Festival performance. The hum of cicadas filled the air, adding a summery, ambient drone to the singer/guitarist's hypnotic, pure-as-snow singing and Nathan Salsburg's crisp, melodic additions on second guitar. But a no-opener "Evening with Joan Shelley" at the Wex should be a treat, too, since the songwriter's modern take on trad folk won't be fighting against the din of a crowded bar.

Earlier this month, before embarking on a short solo tour and a longer, forthcoming fall stint opening for Patty Griffin, Shelley released a 7-inch with two previously unreleased songs, "Cost of the Cold" and "Here and Whole." "Fire warms and fire burns / Now I've learned / The cost of the cold," Shelley sings on the single's A-side. It's the perfect song for the arrival of fall - a season that brings a welcome dose of coolness and color, but at a cost. Cool turns to cold; orange and red turn to brown. But Shelley's comforting tunes provide warmth without the burn.