by Ryan Snyder

Jorma, Robben and Ruthie at the Carolina Theatre

Got the blues this Valentine’s Day? Head to the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro this Saturday night and you won’t be the only one. There will certainly be at least three others who will share that plight, even if they’ll be on stage with guitars. Former Jefferson Airplane and current Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen ( heads up a list of three scintillating 6-string masters as a part of the “Guitar Blues” tour. Joining him are the legendary jazz-fusionist Robben Ford ( and the phenomenal rising star Ruthie Foster ( Ranking 54 th on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” (one of the stupidest lists in music journalism history), Kaukonen had never originally intended to play in a rock band before joining Jefferson Airplane. A self-proclaimed blues purist, Kaukonen became tantalized by the guitar effects made available to him at an Airplane rehearsal and his approach to playing was forever changed. Ford made his name touring with George Harrison and Joni Mitchell, before eventually joining Miles Davis for a brief stint. He’s also toured with Gregg Allman and Phil Lesh, and has 26 albums to his credit. Foster possesses a distinctly gospel-influenced style and has been compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Tracy Chapman. Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $25.50 for students, seniors and military. A $1.50 restoration fee is added to the price of each ticket. Third-generation country royalty comes to the Garage

You would think that the grandson of the legendary picker Earl Scruggs would carry on the family tradition, but that’s just not the case with Chris Scuggs ( After a family split left the paternal half of his tree alienated, Chris still soaked in the music of the Everly Brothers, Webb Pierce and the Beatles while being raised in Nashville by his mother, country singer Gail Davies. With a bit of British edginess garnered from a move to the United Kingdom at age 14, Scruggs combines the traditional instrumentation and melodic understatement of country music’s yesteryear with the haunting echoes and atmospheric sensibility of his new tour-only EP, Tennessee. He’ll be performing as a part of the Garage’s American Music Showcase on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Scruggs is planning an April 2009 release for what he refers to as his “Tuscon White Album of psychedelic Western Swing.” He continues to tour with longtime friend and musical companion Matt Arnn on drums. Bassist Mike Whitty rounds out the band, a longtime family friend and co-songwriter alongside Scruggs’ uncle Ron Davies. The show starts at 9 p.m. and ticket prices are to be announced. Winston-Salem woman needs a little help from her friends

Is there a better reason to see a show than a great cause? Join Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets (, the bo-stevens ( and the Malamondos ( on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Werehouse/Krankies Coffee and support a truly worthy one. All proceeds from the door and the raffles will benefit local resident Michelle Childress to offset medical expenses incurred from breast cancer treatments. In October 2008, Childress was diagnosed with two types of Stage 3 invasive breast cancer. She later underwent a double mastectomy and during the surgery and cancer was also found throughout her lymph nodes and in her ovaries. A single mother and sole provider for two daughters, Childress has maintained an inspirational attitude, strong spirit and exhibited great courage in her battle. Dozens of local Triad businesses have donated gift certificates and prizes with combined values of well over $1,000 that will be raffled throughout the event. Tickets are available for pre-sale and will be available at the benefit and raffle winners do not have to be present at the event to claim prizes. Suggested donation at the door will be $8 and raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each. Additional information about the venue, bands, raffle prizes, Childress and how to contribute if you cannot attend are available online