An old soul by nature, Pokey LaFarge may be a guy in his late twenties, but he’s been laying down the old-school thick for years. Turned onto blues music by a pizza parlor owner named “Juice” in Normal, Illinois, LaFarge (who had dabbled with guitar and banjo) dove into music from artists like Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, headfirst, and hit the road busking as he went until he landed in Asheville, North Carolina and found his boys known as ‘the South City Three’ (Adam Hoskins, Ryan Koeng and Joey Glynn). Although LaFarge and his boys might not play the straight-up blues that was the initial inspiration (they play a mix of folk, Vaudeville, country and jazz), they pack a punch and even have guested for “I Guess I Should Go to Sleep” on Jack White’s latest album. NPR’s Stephen Thompson said of LaFarge’s last release: “his albums never feel like cheap exercises in nostalgia, in part because LaFarge directs his old-fashioned sensibilities in the service of sharp, infectious new material. It feels strange to listen to his work on a CD (let alone an album stream on the Internet), but his songs aren’t stiffly posed wax-museum sculptures, either. Their energy makes them feel new and alive.” Watch the NPR ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ from that expert below and tune into WMSE today (WMSE.org / 91.7 FM) at 3:30 p.m. CST to listen to a live performance from LaFarge and the South City Three on Sonia’s Blues Drive as they prepare for a performance at the Hotel Foster tonight here in Milwaukee.