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William Tyler, Jake Xerxes Fussell 

When: Thu., April 23, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $12-$18




The guitarist William Tyler and the singer Jake Xerxes Fussell are more than mere musical lifers; they were born into the very sounds and traditions they've made careers of updating. Tyler is the son of two Nashville songwriters; with family roots in Mississippi, he's inherited a wealth of Southern history and musical information about country and folk, the blues and bluegrass. For years, he wielded those resources as an accompanying instrumentalist for the likes of Lambchop and the Silver Jews, but, in the last half-decade, he's made a string of some of the most vivid, vibrant and hypnotic solo guitar albums in recent memory. His best numbers feel like candid essays about places he's visited or friends he's had, with feelings and fantasies conjured by the sounds of acoustic or electric strings. Fussell, meanwhile, was raised in a family of folklorists who took him on trips, for instance, to the fabled Sea Islands of Georgia. On his recent Tyler-produced debut LP for Chapel Hill label Paradise of Bachelors, he reinterprets ancient songs he's heard along the way with bright-eyed enthusiasm and youthful candor. Hope for a little cross-set collaboration during this great double-bill. 8 p.m., $12$18, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, 919-929-2787, www.artscenterlive.org. —Grayson Haver Currin

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