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June 5, 2014

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Marti Jones and Don Dixon play Saturday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.

Marti Jones has spent more time painting than singing over the past decade or so. But as is evident whenever Jones steps to the microphone, the years have been kind to her dusky voice. Fortuitously, she’s put down her paintbrushes long enough to hit the road for some shows with Don Dixon, her husband, producer and performing partner since the mid-1980s. Their latest album together, “Living Stereo” (D.A.R. Records), is a very fine and beautifully sung ballad collection long on old-school pop verities, with charming low-tech percussion touches throughout. Jones and Dixon will do it up live Saturday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro. Lynn Blakey, who used to be in Dixon’s 1980s-vintage peers Let’s Active back in the day, opens at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15-$17. See catscradle.com for details.

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