Country Picks

Best country picks, August 23

CorrespondentAugust 22, 2013 

2013 CMA Music Festival -  Day 1

Country's reigning female vocalist, Miranda Lambert, performs in Raleigh on Saturday.

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  • Other highlights

    • Friday: Saludos Company is featured at the Bynum Front Porch Series in Bynum, while the South Carolina Broadcasters share the Cat’s Cradle stage in Carrboro with Mandolin Orange as it celebrates the release of its latest CD.

    • Saturday: The N.C. Museum of Art hosts The Lost Bayou Ramblers in Raleigh.

    • Sunday: Steve Earle and the Dukes roll into Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, and country songwriter/guitarist Verlon Thompson shares his music at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

    • Thursday: North Carolina’s award-winning band the Bluegrass Experience will join others to kick off Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival in Snow Camp (

Not yet out of her 20s, Miranda Lambert has enjoyed the kind of success most veteran artists only dream of. Country music’s reigning female vocalist, the 29-year-old Texan also holds a Grammy for her hit single, “The House that Built Me,” and Album of the Year trophies from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. On Saturday, the talented singer (also named as one of Maxim’s “Hottest Women of Country Music”) brings her hits and songs from her latest album, “Four the Record,” to Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. Dierks Bentley, the Randy Rogers Band and Gwen Sebastian also perform. The show starts at 7. More info at

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