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Rock Picks, March 6: Chadwick Stokes at Cat’s Cradle

Singer/songwriter Chadwick Stokes will play Saturday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
Singer/songwriter Chadwick Stokes will play Saturday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Chadwick Stokes gets points for attention to detail when it comes to giving credit where credit is due. Copies of the Boston-born singer/songwriter’s new album “The Horse Comanche” (Ruff Shod/Thirty Tigers Records) include a poster printed with several thousand names in very small type – acknowledging all the people who came to a series of house concerts Stokes played across America to test out the songs making up this album. There’s definitely a sense of camaraderie and group effort to the album, too, co-produced by Iron & Wine mastermind (and current Durham resident) Sam Beam with arrangements that elegantly support Stokes’ torrents of words. Yes, he’s a fellow with a great deal to say. Hear it live Saturday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $16. See catscradle.com for details.

Other highlights

▪ Friday brings Athens, Georgia’s wonderful Of Montreal to the main Cradle, while Jon Shain Trio and Lynn Blakey play the Cradle’s Back Room and quirky pop band Lace Curtains do a show at Raleigh’s Nice Price Books.

▪ Saturday, iconic Americana songwriter J.D. Souther teams up with fiddler Carrie Rodriguez for a Duke Performances show at Baldwin Auditorium, while Brett Harris opens for Jeanne Jolly at Carrboro ArtsCenter.

▪ Variations on death descend on Kings in Raleigh Sunday night: Murder By Death with O’Death. And Screaming Females play Durham’s Pinhook on Monday.

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