Country Picks

The best country picks, May 3

CorrespondentMay 2, 2013 

Since arriving on the scene with his 1986 self-titled debut album, Texas troubadour Lyle Lovett has been as unpredictable as his music is eclectic. His debut boasted spare arrangements of such country offerings as “Farther Down the Line” and “God Will.” Lovett expanded into jazz with His Large Band, while continuing to turn out literate compositions drawing on gospel, folk and pop. On Saturday, the multiple Grammy winner brings His Acoustic Group to Regency Park’s Booth Amphitheatre. boothamphitheatre.com

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

• Friday, the Malpass Brothers inaugurate this year’s Bynum Front Porch Music Series. On Saturday, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will honky-tonk the Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, the Stray Birds visit the ArtsCenter, and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road host bluegrass at Garner United Methodist Church. Canada’s folk favorites, the Duhks, play Haw River Ballroom on Sunday. And on Thursday, Missy Raines and the New Hip perform at the Berkeley Café.

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