Interesting instrumentation, powerful storytelling and a voice that can’t be forgotten. When it comes to fresh and intriguing folk music those are three qualities that separate the special ones from every other singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar and a microphone. Kalu James, Austin’s own by-way-of Africa, seems to use all three of those elements to perfection in every song he writes. His sound is enough pop that it gets stuck in your head, enough rock that that you’re happy about it and enough folk to maintain the intimacy that ties it all together. Come check him out one week from today at Hotel Vegas.