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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Thursday, May 9, 2013
UPDATE: Rutledge will be playing at Sidewinder's tonight, filling in for the Katelyn Marks Band show, which was cancelled. Get show info and more via http://blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16291.
New York Times music critic Jon Pareles wrote that “Not ’Cause I Wanted To,” which Bishop co-wrote with Al Anderson, is his No. 1 song of 2012. The song is on Bonnie Raitt’s latest album, “Slipstream.” Bishop herself is a heckuva singer with her own fine recent album, “Free.”
With Tobacco Apache
Hard-touring, great-playing roots groovers Dangermuffin brings the show to Growler’s. Roanoke’s own Tobacco Apache rocks hard with its own originals.
The off-center folkies of Vandaveer has a new album, “Oh, Willie, Please …,” loaded from jump to close with old-time murder ballads. “Pretty Polly,” “The Knoxville Girl” and more get interesting new treatments courtesy Mark Charles Heidinger, Rose Guerin and their musical compatriots.
Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys
This band, which has been plying roots rock for 25 years, has a new album, “Turntable Matinee” (Yep Roc), full of swinging grooves, Hawaiian-inspired steel guitar and a cornucopia of stylistic impulses, from rockabilly to old-school country and straight-up rock 'n’ roll, with vocals that remind many of Buddy Holly.
Mandolinist (and onetime Salemite) Adam Steffey and this band are consistent International Bluegrass Music Association Award winners.
Onetime Junior Wells sideman Castiglia is a ripping blues-rock guitarist who has crafted a strong solo career.
The Bluegrass Brothers
Stalwart Southwest Virginia trad-grassers put on a wildly entertaining show.
The Pawn Shoplifters
Hampton Roads-area band fuses outlaw country with rockabilly, and has become a Growler’s favorite.
CANCELED -- Katelyn Marks Band -- CANCELED
Check out a 2008 “American Idol” contestant who has stuck with the neo-country route. She’s got a good set of pipes. UPDATE: Rutledge will be playing at Sidewinder's tonight, filling in for the Marks band cancellation. Get show info and more via http://blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16291.
Broke Down James
This Roanoke band, featuring singer/drummer/songwriter Joseph Baldwin, slings rock, blues, soul and reggae.
House of Fools
Greensboro, N.C., pop-rock act with strong harmonies had music featured last month on MTV’s “The Real World” and the Oxygen network’s “Best Ink.”
This always-busy Americana act helps a new brewery with its grand opening at the lake.
Greg Ayers Trio
Tasteful guitarist Ayers has strong jazz inclinations.
Details: 9 p.m. Penny Deux, The Patrick Henry, Roanoke. Free. 400-8082, facebook.com/pennydeux
Trout recently returned from playing music on a Hawaiian cruise ship. Read about his adventures at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
This classic rock outfit includes members of Mad Iguanas and Eldred.
Details: 9 p.m. 1906 Ale House, Roanoke. Free. 562-8951, 1906alehouse.com
The River Rocks at Schooners
Singer Jane Gabrielle of Radar Rose and mandolinist Paul C. Boone team up for this country and bluegrass gig.
Details: 8 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Free. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org
The 2nd Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival
Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, New Spring Valley Boys, Loose Strings Band, Tyler Hughes, Cathrine Conner & Friends, Raisin’ Cain, Yates Family Band, Travis Starkey & Cheryl Lunsford, Butcher Family, Valley Grass and Kitty Amaral
Road trip alert No. 1: Presenting young performers is one of the most valuable things that The Crooked Road does. Some of the most talented of them gather for an all-day event on two stages.
Details: 11 a.m. Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon. $5;
$2 to ages 6-12; free to 5 and younger. 276-492-2409, firstname.lastname@example.org
NC Brewers and Music Festival
With Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Acoustic Syndicate, Sol Driven Train, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Milkdrive, Brushfire Stankgrass
Road trip alert No. 2: Good music and North Carolina beers. Read more about festival promoter and onetime Roanoke Micah Davidson in Saturday’s Extra section.
Details: 11:30 a.m. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, N.C. Ticket prices vary, camping included. ncbrewsmusic.com
Big Lick Brass Band
Some fine Roanoke musicians sling the brass, tuba and all.
Check out a neo-country band from Nashville that gets its name from the Texas swimming hole where band members grew up.
With Rob Cheatham
This bluegrassy Rooster Walk favorite helps preview the event, which is set for May 24-25 near Martinsville.
With Sons of the Soil
Roanoke rockabilly cats headline this show. Neil Guilliams (Stations) fronts the opener.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse
The Bowl Dusters
Old-school country music band from Roanoke brings the likes of Haggard, Jones and Cash.
North Carolina country rockers hit the Noke.
Get your ears full of crunching hard rock.
A young woman from Clifton Forge, now studying the region’s roots music at Appalachian State University, makes her own fine, original music, evidenced by her new CD, “North.”
The Harmed Brothers
Indie-folk/freak-grass act pares down to two members for this early show.
Shirley Thomas, who ran Roanoke’s iconic, eclectic nightspot, The Iroquois, revives one of that room’s traditions with this event. The every-Tuesday poetry and music shindig is open to instrumentalists with original songs only. The best reader and/or performer gets a free pizza of choice from Thomas herself.
Details: 7 p.m. Frank’s Pizza & Italian Subs, 5933 Williamson Road. $1. 400-7678, 520-5309 (Shirley Thomas)
With The Stops, Virginia Werewoolf
The Stops, from Baltimore, bring punk rock with guitar, drums and sax. That’s novel, and pretty hard-hitting.
This guitar ace is an acolyte of the late finger-picking master Buster B. Jones.
Details: 9 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, facebook.com/TheBluesBbqCo
Acoustic Open Mic Night
With host Joy Truskowski
Yet another good reason to hang out at The Bazaar.
Details: 8 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave., Roanoke. Free (store encourages donations to performers). 309-0928
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Funky, jazzy steel drummer leads a hot trio. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch to hear a podcast with Scales and hear music from the band’s new, self-titled CD.
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