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The best country picks, January 24

CorrespondentJanuary 23, 2014 

Alice Gerrard will play at Carrboro Arts Center Friday.

COURTESY OF ALICE GERRARD — COURTESY OF ALICE GERRARD

January is normally a quiet month as far as touring acts are concerned. Still paying off bills from holidays, budget-conscious fans often shy away from ticket purchases, while artists may use the month for writing songs or recording CDs. But Triangle Area fans of traditional music may tread in high cotton Friday when The ArtsCenter in Carrboro hosts an evening of home-grown songs and stories featuring Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson, Chris Brashear and Cliff Hale. A pioneer of women in bluegrass, Gerrard performed for years with Hazel Dickens – a duo cited as an influence by Bob Dylan and country music’s The Judds. Watson is a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers and currently performs with Brashear as members of Robin and Linda Williams’ Fine Group. Cliff Hale is known throughout the Piedmont for his singing and mandolin playing. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show range from $12-$20. For information, see www.artscenterlive.org.

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