Country Picks

The best country picks, May 23

CorrespondentMay 22, 2014 

The young and talented Mandolin Orange will perform a free show at 6 p.m. Thursday at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

D.L. ANDERSON — Courtesy of D.L. Anderson

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    • The young and talented Mandolin Orange will perform a free show at 6 p.m. Thursday at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

    •  The North Carolina Hops and Roots Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at Shakori Hills. The festival features music both days, plus a variety of craft beers, distilleries and vintners. Sunday’s notable musical acts include Tommy Edwards and Jack Lawrence and Nashville singer/songwriter Will Kimbrough. More info at nchopsandrootsfest.com.

Clint Black’s 1989 debut album, “Killin’ Time,” introduced the soft-spoken Texan as one of the most gifted members of country music’s New Traditionalist movement. The album’s four number one singles helped restore country music to its roots in an aesthetic desert of countrypolitan pop. A riveting performer, Black can bring down the house singing self-penned hits, such as “A Better Man,” or veering into a sensuous rendition of Fats Waller’s 1929 jazz standard, “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” On Thursday (May 29), Durham’s Carolina Theatre hosts “An Intimate Evening with Clint Black.” More info at 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.✔

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