If one were to mash the old-soul country twang of Johnny Cash together with the prose and lessons of Aesop’s fables, the end result might bear a striking resemblance to the folk sounds of Tom Russell. Working as a taxi driver, Russell got his big break when he looked in his rear-view mirror one day to find none other than Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead sitting in the back seat. Hunter invited Russell to play as the opening act for a New York concert, and the rest is history. Russell brings his folk storytelling on Thursday, Oct. 27, to Studio E. Address provided with ticket purchase, Sebastopol. 7:30pm. $25. www.northbaylive.com.