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Saturday 12.19 

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Raleigh
Chatham County Line & Friends

The Pour House—Now in its fifth year, Chatham County Line's annual holiday show has become a Raleigh institution, much like the band itself. Evolving over the last decade from a rather traditional if hot-picking bluegrass quartet into a fully formed Americana unit that pays allegiance to a host of influences both new and old, Chatham County Line transcends eras, imparting a timeless quality into its tunes. Folk's favorite topics—capricious lovers, everlasting faith and the joys of the rambling lifestyle—find new life via pop melody and classic rock flash-fused with high lonesome harmonies: Think Flatt and Scruggs raised on a steady diet of Wilco, or rather a holy alliance between The Band and The Beatles. The night kicks off with an acoustic set played by Chatham County Line originals. Zeke Hutchins and Jay Brown—aka Tift Merritt's rhythm section—and comrade Johnny Irion join for the electrified second set, allowing CCL bassist Greg Readling to slide over to organ and pedal steel. Expect the latter combo to rock until the wee hours, with selections from side projects Stillhouse and The Jackets, all sprinkled between familiar classics. The show begins at 9:30 p.m., and tickets ($17-$20) will likely sell out. Get yours at www.the-pour-house.com. —Spencer Griffith


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Durham
Milagro Saints

Papa Mojo's—Defying the winter, the ringing acoustic guitars of the Milagro Saints sound like warm sunshine in an open field. Lap steel and keys texture the feel-good folk. Occasionally peppered with grit or a funky groove, extended jams jangle into the distance. SD Ineson leads the crew with a clear voice full of promises and comfort. Tonight's $8 cover includes a copy of the band's newest disc, and first live album, Songs on the Live Wire. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.papamojosroadhouse.com. —Andrew Ritchey

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