Country Picks

The best country picks, April 4

CorrespondentApril 3, 2014 


Jim Watson (shown here) and Chris Brashear play at Durham’s Blue Note Grill on Sunday.


  • Other highlights

    • On Friday, Bluegrass Experience guitarist Tommy Edwards will play a solo gig as season opener for the Roost at Fearrington Village, starting at 5 p.m. Also Friday, the ArtsCenter in Carrboro features the Sultans of Swing.

    • Chatham Arts hosts Clydefest Saturday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Bynum Ballfield in Bynum. Music, and arts and craft vendors will be featured with home-fashioned creations from Bynum artist and festival honoree, Clyde Jones. Info at

Jim Watson has entertained Triangle area music fans for more than 40 years. As a member of the Hollow Rock String Band and Red Clay Ramblers, Watson lent his high lonesome tenor to old-time music, bluegrass, early country classics and more. These days, he plays bass with Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, alongside the equally talented Chris Brashear on fiddle and mandolin. According to Iris DeMent’s producer, Jim Rooney, Brashear “sings in the honest tradition of Carter Stanley and Maybelle Carter.” Both Watson and Brashear are worthy of high praise, and you can hear for yourself at 5 p.m. Sunday when they play a rare duet gig at Durham’s Blue Note Grill. Info at

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