Visitors briefly noted: Coming calling this weekend are some other acts with new records:
McEntire is blessed with as classic and honest a country voice -- agonizing in its hurt and ebullient in its happiness -- as you're going to hear this side of Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline. That and a penchant for digging out vivid roots material to mix in with her tough new country odes have made McEntire one of country's newest stars. (She's at the Starplex Armory on Saturday with headliner Conway Twitty and John Conlee.)
McEntire's new album, "My Kind of Country" (MCA 5516), shows off her stylistic range -- from blues to honky-tonk ache. She handles it all with the class she brings to the heartbreak of "Someone Should Leave." Just don't bet on its being the audience.
ARTHUR BLYTHE -- This alto saxophonist (appearing at D.C. Space, Saturday at 10 and 11:30) earned his solid reputation by being on the cutting edge of the jazz vanguard. "Put Sunshine in It" (Columbia FC33411) seems like a giant step backwards artistically, though it could put Blythe in the same financial bracket as Grover Washington and David Sanborn -- golden but dull. This is elevator-jazz, awash in pulsing synthesizers and glossy arrangements, but propelled by precious little heart-felt blowing.
WANAMAKER LEWIS TRIO -- Appearing Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at Glen Echo's Arcade Classrooms, this group features the kind of rousing folk guitar and eclectic repertoire that had its zenith in the days of the Limeliters and Kingston Trio. Lewis and Richard Drueding are both outstanding fingerstyle guitarists, and the major strength of the group's eponymous debut (on Punchdrunk PD-0001) is the felicitous interplay between those two. Bassist Ron Greenstein provides a proper bottom and tenor vocals, but it's the pickin' that makes this a better- than-average folk album.