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Best country picks, July 26

CorrespondentJuly 26, 2013 

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Musician Keith Urban performs during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2013 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Urban plays with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch Friday at Walnut Creek in Raleigh.

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    • Friday: Former Doc Watson guitarist Jack Lawrence will team with Bluegrass Experience guitarist Tommy Edwards for a free outdoor show of six-string excellence at Durham’s Brightleaf Square at 7 p.m.; the South Carolina Broadcasters bring their high-powered old-time songs and harmonies to Bynum Front Porch in Bynum from 7 to 9 p.m.; the Gravy Boys along with Steph Steward and the Boyfriends perform at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh at 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, the old-time quartet of Craver, Hicks, Watson, and Newberry play the ArtsCenter in Carrboro at 7 p.m.

Four Grammys, three CMA Top Male Vocalist trophies and an Entertainer of the Year win is not a resume just any Australian country music star can claim. But country of origin aside, Keith Urban is not an ordinary talent. Since winning the Horizon Award in 2001, Urban has impressed his fans and peers with his dynamic guitar playing, catchy songwriting, and high octane performing. He’s also served as a judge on “American Idol,” and – oh yes – he’s married to fellow Aussie, actress Nicole Kidman. Friday night, Urban rolls into Raleigh to perform his hits and showcase songs from his eighth studio album, scheduled for release this fall. The show at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek starts at 7 p.m. Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch will also perform.

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