FEBRUARY 15

Every once in a while, this city girl gets the urge to run away from urban woes to the comforting arms of the nearby Shenandoah Valley. But with Freakwater’s latest album, Springtime, now in my possession, I’ve recently discovered that a quick country escape can happen any time, even during rush hour. It’s gotten so extreme that I’m no longer bothered by the incredulous looks my enthusiastic sing-alongs inspire when I’m stuck on K Street at 6 p.m. everyday. There’s something in the twangy inflections of Freakwater’s core duo of Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin that harks back to the sweet old-timey intonations of the Carter Family, Patsy Cline, and the golden era of American folk and country. Springtime is the fifth record from the productive Louisville band, and this time out they’re augmented by ex-Wilco member Max Konrad Johnston, whose contributions of Dobro, fiddle, and mandolin provide rollicking accompaniment. Sue Garner opens at 9 p.m. at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $8. (703) 522-8340. (Amy Domingues)