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Rock Picks: Chances to see Shirlette Ammons in Durham, Raleigh

Shirlette Ammons  will perform at a “Statewide Singing Circle” concert Nov. 26 to celebrate North Carolina being featured in Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue. The roster includes North Carolina musicians: Tift Merritt, Chatham County Line, Phil Cook, Alice Gerrard, Chris Stamey and others.
Shirlette Ammons will perform at a “Statewide Singing Circle” concert Nov. 26 to celebrate North Carolina being featured in Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue. The roster includes North Carolina musicians: Tift Merritt, Chatham County Line, Phil Cook, Alice Gerrard, Chris Stamey and others.

Shirlette Ammons has long been one of the Triangle’s best connectors, collaborating with a wide range of peers across all sorts of stylistic lines. That goes for her spectacular current album “Language Barrier” (Churchkey Records), on which members of Indigo Girls, Hiss Golden Messenger, Sylvan Esso, Mount Moriah, hip-hop collective Justus League and others show up in cameo roles – an impressively eclectic cast, and Ammons seamlessly melds everyone’s contributions on a 10-song set of atmospheric punk-hop. Last time I saw Ammons perform live was at South By Southwest in Texas with a punked-up band, where she quipped, “This (expletive) is hard so save your judgment.” The only judgment anybody had was that she was pretty great.

Ammons plays at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Durham’s Festival for the Eno (enoriver.org/festival); and also with 120 Minutes and Hotline at 5 p.m. Thursday at downtown Raleigh’s free Oak City 7 show (oakcity7.com).

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