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by Ryan Snyder

Sellout warning: SECCA’s Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn performance on March 8 is approaching capacity and tickets are unlikely to make it to next week.

With 2013 firmly in the rearview, it’s a good time to think about underappreciated records, and Shooter Jennings’ The Other Life certainly belongs in that conversation. He’s one dog that’s never stayed on the porch, but his darkest record yet certainly has shades of his father.

He must be thinking about Waylon a lot these days, because for the first time ever he’s touring with the elder Jennings’ old backing band, a group that collectively boasts over 100 years of Nashville muscle. Shooter and Waymore’s Outlaws will play Ziggy’s on Thursday, and it’s a safe bet there will be more than a few Waylon tunes in that set. Cranford Hollow made a wise decision in changing their name from Cranford & Sons, but there’s still an air of familiarity in their brand of low country stomp. They’re at the Blind Tiger with Be the Moon. The only thing subtle about Atlanta emcee Que’s breakout hit “OG Bobby Johnson” is its “South Central” reference. It’s a ferocious banger with bass built to break glass. Blink and you might miss him at Ziggy’s on Friday. The line between tribute and satire becomes more fragile with the degree of difficulty, which might be why there aren’t too Bela Fleck & the Flecktones to that list, but don’t worry about E. Scott Warren’s tribute Blu Bop; this unit has the cosign of Fleck himself and they’re at the Blind Tiger. Mipso’s Dark Holler Pop is a real charmer, and they’re at the Garage. I wrote about Small Town Gossip for Our State a few years back, and that issue is probably still on your grandmother’s coffee table. They’re at Hanesbrands Theatre with Rebekah Todd. Space Bear make discordant punk at New York Pizza, while the PBPS hosts a fundra iser at New Orleans Bar & Grille to send their Blues Challenge winners to the IBC in Memphis.

Tinsley Ellis breaths instrumental fire on his new record Get It!, and he’ll bring his heavy, heavy brand of blues to the High Point Theatre on Saturday. Not heavy enough? Try Tusker with Valence at Ziggy’s. At the Blind Tiger, Asheville’s Common Foundation cook up rocksteady and reggae. On Jan. 12, the great Patti LaBelle continues her 50-year celebration at the War Memorial Auditorium. Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands play a benefit for occasional YES! Weekly contributor Ian McDowell at the Blind Tiger. The apple doesn’t fall far, as Devon Allman carries the family’s blues-rock torch. He’s at Bucked Up Super Saloon. !

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