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The best country & bluegrass picks, July 27

July 26, 2012 

Kickin Grass Band.

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  • More information Other highlights: • Tonight, country music chart-topper Jason Aldean, along with Luke Bryan, sing their hits at Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek. • Also tonight, Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes hold forth at American Tobacco Warehouse, and Page-Walker Garden in Cary hosts Craicdown. • On Sunday, Compass Records artists the Carter Brothers will perform at the Poplar Knight Spot in Aberdeen. • Tommy Edwards plays guitars and sings Thursday at the Roost at Fearrington Village.

For the past 10 years, Raleigh’s Kickin’ Grass Band has found its way with a combination of traditional and original songs, youthful exuberance and personal charm. Grounded in bluegrass, the band fits comfortably playing a jamgrass festival as well as at venues whose audiences remember the early years of Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs. The past three years have been an emotional roller coaster for the Kickin’ Grass Band, with the deaths of two family members leavened somewhat by the birth of a healthy baby girl. The veteran quintet’s newly released CD, “Walk With Me,” is the band’s personal statement of grief, questioning, acceptance and hope. On Saturday, Kickin’ Grass will showcase songs from the album along with other favorites at the Pour House Music Hall. www.the-pour-house.com

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