The best country picks, April 19

CorrespondentApril 18, 2013 

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    • British songster/provocateur Billy Bragg brings his love of socialism to Cat’s Cradle Friday. On Saturday, the Chatham County All-Stars will provide a free concert for the long-awaited opening of the Chatham County Courthouse, which was destroyed by fire in 2010; the band will play from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Also Saturday, Big Medicine plays old-time music at Merritt’s Store and Grill in Durham from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bluegrass fans can hear some of the Triangle’s finest on Thursday, when Jan Johansson and Julie Elkins play Tir na nOg. The Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival continues today through Sunday. For schedule, see

In the smoky bars of Spartanburg, S.C., the Marshall Tucker Band blended country music with rock, blues and jazz to reign as one of the leading Southern boogie bands of the 1970s. The band built its following with a grueling touring schedule, playing up to 300 shows a year, and the original sounds of Toy Caldwell’s guitar and Jerry Eubank’s flute. Hits include “Take the Highway,” “Can’t You See” and “This Ol’ Cowboy.” Tonight, founding member and lead vocalist Doug Gray leads Marshall Tucker to Lincoln Theatre for an evening of hits and more recent fare.

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