Amythyst Kiah

Amythyst Kiah’s deft finger-picking style and a voice with both honey and sting make her music buzz with tension and a sense of restlessness.

CONCORD — The loss doesn’t need to be named to be felt in Amythyst Kiah’s new single, “Wild Turkey.”

Pain echoes in Kiah’s vocals, scraping into rawness and then trailing into ache when she sings of someone who is never coming back: “When I was 17, I pretended not to care, stayed numb for years to escape despair. Oh, Lord, will I ever feel right again?”

Kiah’s deft finger-picking style coils around rising and ebbing tension and a sense of restlessness.

She fills the spaces with a voice both honeyed and time-worn, drawing from Americana, folk, country, R&B and alt-rock influences.

Her collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell led to the album “Songs of Native Daughters,” a kaleidoscope of African American history and culture that opens with the track “Black Myself,” which Kiah penned.

Kiah plays the Bank of NH Stage, 16 S. Main St., at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets to the show are $15-$25 in advance; it’s $2 more at the door. For information, call 225-1111 or

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Elsewhere in the Granite State, here are a trio of other don’t-misses this weekend:

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, with Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss and Brothers Osborne, 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford.

Info: 293-4700 or Tickets: $44.75-$135.50.

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John Langston, Friday at the Granite State Music Hall, 546 Main St., Laconia. Doors open at 6 p.m. The country-rock singer, who has toured with Luke Bryan, is known for the tunes “When It Comes to Loving You” and “Dance Tonight.”

Tickets: $18. Info:

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Jonny Lang, a top-notch guitarist who has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, 7 p.m. Sunday, Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry.

Tickets: $52 to $67. Info: 437-5100 or