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CorrespondentJanuary 2, 2014 

Asheville’s talented bluegrass band Town Mountain will perform at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Saturday.


There’s no better way to welcome the new year than with two top-tier traditional acts.

Friday at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, the always wonderful Robin and Linda Williams will entertain with stories and songs that have made them long-time favorites on the folk and Americana circuits. The talented husband-and-wife team has performed with Mary Chapin Carpenter and appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Austin City Limits” and at the Grand Ole Opry. They have also had their songs recorded by a who’s who of country and folk artists, including Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall and Kathy Mattea. The duo’s band features Chris Brashear and Chapel Hill’s Jim Watson. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $11-$19. More information:

If 2014 is anything like 2013, Town Mountain will continue to win fans and garner praise for its hard-charging, traditional ’grass. In September, the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded the Asheville-based combo two Momentum Awards – best performance band and best vocalist to their lead singer, Robert Greer. Saturday, the band will perform at the Community Church of Chapel Hill. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20-$25. More info:

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