The best country picks, Feb. 8

CorrespondentFebruary 7, 2013 

Blue Ribbon Healers, from left Cindy McDermott on mandolin and Rob Pate on guitar, bring their music to the Triangle for a series of shows.


  • Other highlights: • Friday, the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and Vusi Mahlasela perform at UNC’s Memorial Hall. On Saturday, the same venue welcomes Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch with Wu Fei (see page 7D). Original Rhinestone outlaw David Allan Coe brings his country hits to Lincoln Theatre on Saturday. Sunday, Jeff Warner will share his folk tunes in a free PineCone-sponsored concert at the N.C. Museum of History’s Daniels Auditorium, and Aberdeen’s Rooster’s Wife hosts fiddler April Verch.

At a time of year when snowbirds flock to the Sunshine State, Florida’s Blue Ribbon Healers head north to share their homegrown music with an expanding community of fans.

The Healers’ original repertoire of sultry jazz, spicy Cajun, snappy bluegrass and old-timey dance numbers draws on a wide range of influences woven into a colorful patchwork quilt of Americana. This week, the Healers (Cindy McDermott – mandolin; Rob Pate – guitar) bring their music to the Triangle for a series of shows: the Pourhouse (Monday), the Depot-Hillsborough (Tuesday), Slim’s (Wednesday) and the Cave (Thursday).

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