How much talent can a single band hold? If you’re talking about local bluegrass quartet Chatham County Line, the amount is apparently limitless. The latest spinoff to emerge is Letter Jackets, featuring CCL’s John Teer and Chandler Holt, with an eponymously titled album that is just killer, a synthesis of sharp bar-band roots-rock and old-school classic rock that brings the late great Buddy Holly’s keening tones to mind. The band plays Friday at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall ($12, motorcomusic.com) and Saturday at Kings in Raleigh ($10, kingsbarcade.com). Josh Moore opens both nights.
Or start your weekend off with a 5-7 p.m. Friday reception at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hill Hall, where 19 portraits of North Carolina musicians will go on display. Painted by Birds of Avalon drummer Scott Nurkin, these portraits of Doc Watson, George Clinton and other native Tar Heel acts adorned the wall of Pepper’s Pizza until it closed back in March. Now they’re on permanent display at UNC’s music school. Friday’s event will feature refreshments and a deejay spinning records – and it’s free.