There’s no harder-working band on earth than Drive-By Truckers – and trust me, you’ll run out of gas long before they will. To wit, consider their fantastic new in-concert set “It’s Great To Be Alive!” (ATO Records). The double-disc live set was a fixture of ’70s rock bands, but the Truckers go that talisman one better with a three-hour collection that has 35 tracks sprawled across three discs. It’s an essential document of what be the last great American classic-rock band, the next best thing to seeing them in person. And you can do that Friday, when the Truckers close out a two-night run at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
Doors open at 8 p.m., Thayer Sarrano starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $28. Check catscradle.com for details.
- Friday also brings singer/songwriter Ellis Paul to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall with Holland Brothers, Tinashe to the Raleigh Ritz and Foreign Exchange to Southland Ballroom in Raleigh.
- Durham’s Carolina Theatre has ’90s hit-maker Jewel on Saturday, guitar wizard Joe Satriani on Monday and South African star Johnny Clegg on Tuesday.
- Elsewhere Saturday, Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche play Cary Theatre, Steep Canyon Rangers are at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre and locals Roar the Engines unveil their new mini-album at Slim’s in Raleigh.
- Folk-revival icon Joan Baez sings at Duke University’s Page Auditorium Sunday, the same night rising Americana duo Shovels & Rope play Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom.
- And veteran cosmic rockers the Moody Blues play Durham Performing Arts Center on Thursday.