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Johnny Winter set to rock out the Carolina Theatre

One of the most ironically named, yet simultaneously revered blues guitarists of all time will make an appearance at Greensboro’s Carolina Theatre on the unluckiest day of the year this Friday, March 13. Over the course of his 50year recording and performing career, Johnny Winter (www.johnnywinter.net) has played Woodstock, beat heroin and produced Grammy-winning blues albums, all while being one of the most instantly recognizable musicians ever to pick up a guitar. Born with albinism, he and his brother Edgar Winter are known as much for influencing countless musicians from the Smashing Pumpkins to Phish as they are for their stark blonde hair and pale skin. Officially, he has been attributed with releasing 22 albums over his career. But like many musicians at the time, he was screwed out of credit for several more. He’s still a little upset about it, but check out the documentary American Music: Off the Record where his manager asks the camera crew not to “film the grass on the table” and you’ll understand a little about how he copes. The show starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until the authorities are ready to shut Johnny down. Tickets are $24.50 for adults and $22.50 for students, seniors and military. A $1.50 Restoration Fee is added to the price of each ticket. Two-pack of shows Friday at the Garage in Winston

Next up in the Garage’s superb American Music Showcase series is an Asheville native who, oddly enough, is pretty big in Europe. You won’t find an English Wikipedia page on Malcolm Holcombe (www. malcolmholcombe.com), but you’re good to go if you speak Dutch. Holcombe spent most of January and February touring all across Europe before returning stateside to continue incessantly. He’ll find his way to the Garage in Winston-Salem this Friday, March 13 to play part one of a double header. Holcombe’s sound, according to David Fricke of Rolling Stone, is “Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk” and has been compared to greats such as Tom Waits and John Prine. But like I said, that’s just the early show. After the mellow mountain vibes of Holcombe, hillbilly rockers the Defibrulators (www.thedefibrulators.com) are going to shock you back to life in the nightcap. If that weren’t enough, jamgrassers the Big Daddy Love Band are pulling double duty as the hosts and openers. The early show with Holcombe starts at 8 p.m., while the late show starts at 10 p.m. Check back to www.the-garage.ws the week of the show for ticket prices. David Allen Coe playing at the Millennium Center

He’ll never win any awards for being politically correct and some of his early material was a little on the, er, culturally insensitive side, but singer/songwriter, magician and deep-sea treasure hunter

David Allen Coe (www.myspace.com/ iamdavidallencoe) is one of the most revered country musicians of the past few decades. At least that’s what many of his songs would have you believe. He’s never been one to be shy about self-promotion or dropping names of real country legends in his songs. Call it an attempt at guilt by association, but a song like “Willie, Waylon, and Me,” the line “Johnny Cash helped me get out of prison,” or the album Johnny Cash is a Friend of Mine can’t help but leave you thinking that one of those names are not like the others. Regardless of his rather shameless methods of image management, the Long- Haired Redneck himself is playing the Millennium Center next Thursday, March 19. He spent some time outside of country music writing songs for artists like Kid Rock, the Dead Kennedys and even recorded an album with Dimebag Darrell of Pantera, so don’t be surprised to see a few of those pop up in his set. Southern stoner rockers Blackberry Smoke (www.myspace.com/blackberrysmoke) open up the show. Tickets for the performance are $20, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 9 p.m.

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