The voice of the people, the heart of the working man—British songwriter Billy Bragg
has had enough championing titles thrown at him to fill a dozen caskets of ale. No singer on the British isles combines issues of justice and love so fluently, and in every hue of Bragg’s distinct voice and electric-guitar strum lies the weight of human kindness. Who else but Bragg could release an album called Talking with the Taxman About Poetry
? Who else could have collaborated so elegantly with Wilco on unrecorded Woody Guthrie songs for Mermaid Avenue
? Sit with a devout following and don’t miss the opener, Napa Valley native Sean Garvey, when Billy Bragg plays Friday, Oct. 29, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $37–$47. 707.259.0123.