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Best country picks, August 16

CorrespondentAugust 16, 2013 

Larry Keel, a genre-bending guitarist, plays Southland Ballroom in Raleigh on Tuesday.

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    • On Saturday, the Boys from Carolina, with Tommy Edwards on banjo, play bluegrass at the Depot in Hillsborough. Also Saturday, Southland Ballroom in Raleigh hosts Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, along with the Straight 8s and Zoe Muth. On Monday, Southland Ballroom presents Gaelic Storm. Alabama Shakes bring their high-energy stage show to Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Friday, Sept. 20 (Note: The Alabama Shakes listing has been corrected to reflect the correct date).

Flat-picking guitar ace Larry Keel is better known on the jam band circuit than to fans of traditional bluegrass. But Keel, native of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, may be his generation’s Tony Rice – a genre-bending guitarist whose music ranges from bluegrass to jazz, folk, rock and beyond. His guitar playing and songwriting have earned plaudits from some of the best, including sometimes-collaborators Little Feat, Leftover Salmon and Jorma Kaukonen. Also an avid fisherman, Keel combines his passions into the annual “Bass and Grass” music-and-fish camp in Georgia and “Trout and Tunes” in West Virginia. On Tuesday, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will forsake their fishing lines for steel strings, and bring their acclaimed music to Southland Ballroom in Raleigh.

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