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An unassuming sort, Bill Kirchen has always let his guitar do the talking--and twanging and chugging and, well, you get the idea. Kirchen has played with everybody from Gene Vincent to Elvis Costello, but he's best known for the 0-to-80-in-5-seconds-flat Telecaster lick on "Hot Rod Lincoln," recorded when he was lead guitarist for Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen.

The Bill Kirchen Trio will deliver a Forty Acres House Concert at the Trails Clubhouse just west of Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.fortyacres.org or call 942-6591.

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The Chicago trio Triage works in a free jazz zone largely unmatched by today's generation of jazz musicians. With Dave Rempis on sax and Tim Daisy providing percussion (both of the Vandermark Five) and Jason Ajemian on the bass, Triage wields a torch of fiery dynamics on mad improvisations or, just as skillfully, caresses the slow burn of melodic blues. Catch 'em Monday, May 12, at 9 p.m. Call 929-1208 for more information.

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He's the brother of Medeski, Martin and Wood's bassist Chris Wood. But the music that guitarist Oliver Wood and his Atlanta-based band King Johnson crank out has more funk to the measure and swampy bounce to the ounce than a bucketful of MM&W's grooves. Wood started the group as a blues band on his down time while was on the road with Atlanta bluesman Tinsley Ellis. Hooking up with bassist Chris Long and drummer Greg Baba, the group named themselves King Johnson in tribute to the great blues players by that name, B.B. King and Robert Johnson. But by 1995, the trio tired of that sound, and recruited a couple of horn-playing friends: Adam Mewherter on trombone and cornet and saxophonist Marcus James. These two changed the complexion of the band, so that--as their latest release, Hot Fish Laundry Mat, demonstrates--KJ plays a funky country-jazz-swamp-roots rock that affects the feet as much as the soul. king Johnson plays Raleigh's Brewery Thursday, May 8. Call 834-7018 for more information.

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