Country Picks

The best country picks, May 17

CorrespondentMay 16, 2013 

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Kenny Chesney will perform at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Thursday.

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  • Other highlights:

    • Latin rockers Los Lobos open the N.C. Museum of Art’s summer concert series Friday. When it comes to Western swing, Bob Wills is still the king, but Asleep at the Wheel carries the tradition into Motorco on Saturday. On Sunday, Southern Village Music Series hosts John Kribs and Danny Gotham. And Little John’s Mountain Music Festival kicks off three days of bluegrass Thursday with the fabulous Dailey and Vincent, the James King Band, and others. See www.littlejohnsmountainmusic.com for schedules.

There’s no telling if country superstar Kenny Chesney will show up at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Thursday with no shoes and no shirt. But as the biggest-selling country act of the past decade, Chesney has no problems when it comes to pleasing his fans. While his career began slowly in 1994, it caught fire five years later when “Everywhere We Go,” sporting the hit single, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” sold a million copies. For relaxation and song ideas, Chesney turned from the back 40 to the Caribbean, a trend that continues with his latest CD, “Life on a Rock.” The four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year will headline the show, which also features the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.

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