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by Ryan Snyder

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SETH WALKER, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Through his first five albums, Alamance County native and classicallytrained cellist turned guitarist Seth Walker has shown himself to be something of a roots music chameleon. After he moved to Austin, Texas 15 years ago to find his artistic niche, he developed the kind of style that led Delbert McClinton to say that he hasn’t been as impressed in the last 30 years as he was when he saw Walker. He’s dabbled in everything from hot blues to swing to gritty Southern soul since his debut almost 15 years ago, and on his most recent album Leap of Faith, he retains his Texas influence and incorporated strings and horns for his most polished effort yet. So many different sounds and styles over the years have been boiled down to bluesy stew, and Seth Walker brings his unique blend of soulful blues, with a sweet tenor and some wicked guitar licks to the final 2011 installment of the Garage’s American Music Showcase on Thursday. The music starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.

A VERY ZIGGY CHRISTMAS

When it comes to holiday reunions, there’s the one with the blood that likely inspired Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family,” and then there’s the reunion with the Fams. This Friday, Ziggy’s brings the latter. Everyone’s in town, so why not have a show that only makes sense because it’s Christmas? There’s pop rock by Yearling and grindcore by Columns, both of which features members of Winston-Salem deathcore band Glass Casket; awesomely raunchy rap by Army of Gorillas (Ricky Ruckus, Glueazy and Kenney Kokaine); the indie punk debut of Codeseven’s James Tuttle, Echo Crush; and the return of emcee, beatsmith and Brooklyn transplant Jams F. Kennedy. The show happens this Friday at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

LUCERO BRING NEW TUNES TO WINSTON-SALEM

One can find a band like Lucero in almost any town across America, no matter the size, but not all of them possess the same slavish devotion to their craft. As highlighted in the 2005 documentary Dreaming in America, Memphis cowpunks Lucero spent a good portion of their early years getting screwed over and over again by record labels, playing hundreds of shows a year, living out of the shabbiest of vans and blowing their per diem in record stores. All the while, they built up one of the most rabid fanbases since early Drive-By Truckers. Now they have a major label deal, a real tour bus and a horn section to show for it. The band hasn’t changed how they do business, as the songs are delivered and received with the same breathless intensity. For the many fans who came aboard during the outstanding 1372 Overton Park, the band a few days ago announced its successor Women & Work, which they’re playing on their current tour that hits Ziggy’s this Tuesday, Dec. 27. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The music starts at 8 p.m. with ska-punks Lionize.

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