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by Ryan Snyder

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JAMEY JOHNSON SHOW IS SOLD OUT, BUT OPENER MATT DYLAN IS STILL WORTH CHECKING OUT

Upon taking a quick glance at Jamey Johnson’s body of work, the discerning music fan might just write him off without a second thought because of one song in particular. Believe me, that would be a mistake. Remember “Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk?” Yeah, Johnson wrote that, but a lot of us do things we might regret when we’re scheming to pay the bills. Johnson was barely a blip on the country music radar at that time, but now, well, lets just say that someone has to carry the torch of the Haggards and Nelsons once they’re gone. Johnson has the uncanny ability to cut right to the bone with his witty and earnest songwriting, but his opening act is a local boy cut from the same mold. Winston-Salem’s Matt Dylan (www.mattdylanonline.com) seems to evoke the same nostalgia for classic country with the few cuts I’ve heard from his debut album. He’ll play a few for you this Friday night at the Millennium Center as he opens the soldout show for Jamey Johnson, but his official album release will come the Saturday at Johnny & June’s Ultra Saloon, a fine bit of relief for those shut out of the big show. Doors at Johnny & June’s open at 8 pm.

AUTISM BENEFIT 2.0 AT THE AQUARIUS MUSIC HALL

Hopefully attendees of the Lucero show this Friday night at the Aquarius Music Hall won’t have their faces completely melted off, otherwise they won’t able to witness the righteous throwdown for a good cause that follows. Blackbird Productions presents the annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday, featuring 16 of the best local and regional unsigned bands, so prepare yourself for the barrage of MySpace links to follow. From Winston- Salem comes thrash metalheads Thru World Aggression (myspace.com/ thruworldagression) and the funky Fuhnetik (myspace.com/fuhnetik); Ararat gives you Donnaha Station (myspace.com/donnahastation); while Canonsburg, Pa. jam band Jun Horde (myspace.com/junhorde) and SkinKage (myspace.com/skinkage) battle it out for best name. Mt. Airy natives SoulStrain (myspace.com/soulstrain) jam, while White Rifles (myspace.com/whiterifles) gaze at shoes. Morganton’s Black Demize (myspace.com/blackdemize) might be the heaviest of them all, but death comes from the siteless On Swift Wings; and 13 and Cocaine spar for the title of “Least Likely to Go Viral.” My apologies to Early Morning Warning, Cynonyte, Running With the Bulls and Three Quarters Dead for not having space to mention them in a more thoughtful manner. Proceeds go to benefit the ABC School for Autism in Winston-Salem and tickets to the show are only $10. Show starts at 3:30 p.m.

FOLK FAVORITE PLAYS NEW GARDEN FRIENDS MEETING

Every so often, you get the chance to see a talented and well-traveled artist at the most inconspicuous places. The New Garden Friends Meeting at the Guilford College Friends Center next Wednesday, Feb. 24 is your opportunity to do just that. Despite her surname, Carrie Newcomer is anything but. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and India during her 20-year performing and recording career, including a stint opening up for bluegrass institution Allison Krauss & Union Station. Fans of Nickel Creek are undoubtedly familiar with one of Newcomer’s best works, as their cover of “I Should Have Known Better” appeared on their Grammywinning album This Side as well as on the Bonnaroo 2003 concert DVD 270 Miles From Graceland. She has received effusive praise by the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal and her guitar work has been called “as rich as Godiva Chocolate” by the Austin American-Statesman. Not a bad catch for a local church service. Performance time is at 7:30.

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