Welcome back to Casual Fridays, our weekly, one-microphone recordings series!

Austin Crane is one of the nicest dudes on the planet. It's one of those rare, genuine nicenesses that amaze you how anyone could give such attention to a person they have just only met and said one word to. And his music is no different. Immediately open and inviting, you can't help but let yourself be taken into whatever story he's telling, and whatever melody is flowing out of him. He usually plays under the moniker Valley Maker, and you should check out his other songs.

As luck would have it, Austin is coming to town (Columbia, SC) and playing a show tomorrow (4/23) at Conundrum Music Hall with Bombadil & Amy Godwin.