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Piedmont Melody Makers 

When: Thu., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. 2016



Some critics have labeled the music of Piedmont Melody Makers as "unapologetic." Why should Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson, Cliff Hale, and Chris Brashear apologize for their first-rate delivery of the finest traditional bluegrass, country, and old-time music around? Gerrard took to folk music while attending Antioch College, veering away from her classical upbringing to work with Hazel Dickens in the sixties. Together, they were a formidable traditional folk presence. It took Gerrard a while to get to her own stuff, releasing Bittersweet, a collection of original numbers, in 2013. In 2014, she teamed up with Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor, who produced Follow the Music, and earned a Grammy nomination for best folk album. Her melody-making cohorts are similarly steeped in roots music traditions—Watson cofounded the esteemed Red Clay Ramblers—and together, they'll deliver some marvelous old-time truths. —Grant Britt

8 p.m., $20, www.artscenterlive.org

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