Despite the haunting twang and poetic snapshots of hardscrabble characters, loss, regret, death and staring mortality in the stubbly face, singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo’s latest, Campfires on the Moon, is a surprisingly warm and tender affair. While DeCroo’s been working hard at rehabbing his scuffed-up soul, credit should also go to his musical collaborators, Ida Nilsen on piano and backing vocals and Mark Haney on double bass. The album really is a thing of beauty. Hear for yourself April 16, 8 p.m. when DeCroo plays the Fox Cabaret along with guests Great Aunt Ida (Nilsen) and Mac Pontiac. Tickets and details at foxcabaret.com.