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by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

UNCLE EARL AT THE CAROLINA THEATRE

There’s a show coming up at the Carolina Theatre that is moving a little under the radar, but is easily worthy of consideration this week. Flying under the banner of the rather vanilla and nondescript heading “American Revival,” a trio of up-and-coming grassroots Americana acts will perform at the theatre on Friday. Anyone paying attention to music coming out of the western part of the state is probably familiar with Uncle Earl, a quartet of highly talented young women steeped in old time and bluegrass. Their album Waterloo was produced by Led Zeppelin bassist and bluegrass auteur John Paul Jones, who joined them on mandolin for their 2007 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Also performing at the American Revival are four-time IBMA award nominees the Dixie Bee-Liners, revered for their powerful harmonies and 17-year old mandolin player Sierra Hull. Hull has garnered praise from players all over the country music world and Sam Bush in particular said, “Every so often, a talent comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. That time is now for Sierra Hull.” Tickets are $24.50, or $22.50 for students, seniors and military. A $1.50 Theatre Restoration Fee will be added to each ticket. The show starts at 8 p.m.

KARL BLAU IS PLAYING WHERE?

Ever heard of Club Artistika? Me neither, and I especially didn’t know they booked live acts — and not just any live acts, but interesting live acts to boot. They don’t seem to be open most nights, but they’ve been working with WUAG to promote shows to go along with Salsa Night every Saturday. Appearing tonight, Wednesday, are a pair of K Records artists out of Washington state noted for their musical exploration of worlds both near and far. Blau’s ability to sew together the delicate frontiers of music has jumped to a new apex. The blurry cultural borders on Zebra, Blau’s third full-length release for K, hint at Blau’s creative vision as he blends soul, blues, rock and African music to a highly psychedelic effect. Blau will perform at South Elm Street’s Club Artistika with spacey jazz-pop band LAKE (www.laketheband.com) in support. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and ticket prices are TBA.

DRIVIN N’ CRYIN TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME

I got a press release about the forthcoming Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ show Nov. 11 at the Garage stating that the band had “sold over 200 million albums in the US, including a Gold Record for their 1991 release Fly Me Courageous.” That would put them squarely into Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Nana Mouskouri territory. Nana Mouskouri, people! Forget that a Gold Record would only account for approximately a quarter of a percent of those sales and chalk it up to a typographical error. They’re still a pretty good band and one which was integral in a lot of area music fans formative years, particularly in regards to the number of great shows they played at Ziggy’s in their heyday. Kevin Kinney has remained viable through his Sun-Tangled Angel Revival project, but he got the band back together for their first release in six years The Great American Bubble Factory. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.

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