In 1958, John Cohen joined Mike Seeger and Tom Paley to form the New Lost City Ramblers. The old-timey trio introduced the music of Appalachia to urban and college audiences at the dawn of the folk music revival. Today, Cohen melds his musical talents with those of the Down Hill Strugglers, a youthful trio performing the ballads and string band music of the old South. The Brooklyn, New York-based Strugglers’ (formerly the Dust Busters) Smithsonian Folkways CD, “Home Recordings, Vol. 1,” features such chestnuts as “Four Cent Cotton,” Sugar in the Gourd,” and “He Likes Likker Better than Me,” building on the Ramblers’ legacy while extending it to the Millennial generation. On Thursday, John Cohen and the Down Hill Strugglers bring their tunes and tales to the ArtsCenter for a show that also features Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. www.artscenterlive.org
Other highlights: • Tonight finds the South Carolina Broadcasters at the Hillsborough Depot and the Duhks at Haw River Ballroom. On Saturday, the Boys from Carolina play bluegrass at R.A. Fountain General Store. The S.C. Broadcasters perform at the Pour House on Tuesday. Thursday, Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile jazz it up at the Carolina Theatre, Carolina Lightnin’ plays bluegrass at the Pittsboro Roadhouse and General Store, and the Battlefield Band totes its Scottish fiddles and pipes to Tir na nOg.