WORLD-ROCK | Laura Reed & Deep Pocket
Thurs. Aug. 9
The Pour House

A year ago, Laura Reed was a relative unknown outside of her adopted hometown of Asheville, N.C. Since forming Deep Pocket a year ago, the dread-headed, South African-born songstress has burst into the public consciousness, making a big splash with performances at Charleston’s Tall Ships Festival this spring followed by a Pour House show. Their sound certainly exhibits Reed’s African roots, heavy on hip-shaking and rhythmic percussion, balanced perfectly with Ryan Burn’s funky key playing on his 1936 model-A Hammond organ. The 22-year-old Reed began writing songs at age 14. Her lyrics convey a global understanding (“We don’t need no third world/what we need is One World.”) Her music is adamantly soulful and guaranteed to incite dancing and provoke smiles. See www.laurareedanddeeppocket.com for more. —Stratton Lawrence THURSDAY


BLUES | Duwayne Burnside
Fri. Aug. 10
Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ

If the Delta blues are smooth and clean, the sound up in the Mississippi hills is downright dirty. R.L. Burnside and Albert King wrote the book on emotion conveyed through a guitar string bent to oblivion, and Duwayne (R.L.’s son) was there all the while. Surrounded by music his entire life, Burnside (the younger) was sitting in with his father’s musical cronies up the road in Memphis by the time he was a teenager. In 2001, he joined the North Mississippi All Stars, a collaboration that lasted three years, exposing him to a broad-reaching audience outside of the Southeast. The singer/guitarist recently assembled a band of friends, the Mississippi Mafia, releasing the studio album Under Pressure in 2005. They’ll be showing off some genuinely dirty Southern soul at Fiery Ron’s this Friday. Show time is 10:30 p.m. Check out more online at www.myspace.com/duwayneburnside —Stratton Lawrence FRIDAY


ROCK/METAL | Blindsyght
w/ Virgil Kain, Broken Bliss, Corsica
Fri. Aug. 10
Music Farm

For local hard rock/metal band Blindsyght, it’s not about the hype, style, or the trendy nonsense; it’s all about aggression, camaraderie, and the fine art of belting it out. Based mostly in the north area, lead singer John Llewellyn, drummer Brandon Todd, bassist Chris Viera, and Dustin Schell have already gigged around the scene, recorded a five-song demo (a debut album is already in the works), and participated in a variety of showcases and band battles. Their edgy, riff-heavy sound — led by Llewellyn’s lung-bustin’ howl — is a fist-clenching blend of early Rollins Band and Helmet with a healthy dose of modern hardcore metal. Local rock bands Virgil Kain, Broken Bliss, and Corsica share the stage. See www.musicfarm.com and www.myspace.com/chsblindsightband for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


JamGrass | Great American Taxi
Sat. Aug. 11
Music Farm
$15 ($13 adv.)

To some, “Great American Taxi” may sound like the title to an ’80s film starring Henry Winkler, but to the jam band scenesters, it sounds like the new project featuring guitarist Vince Herman of Colo. band Leftover Salmon (they called their music “polyethnic slamgrass”). Herman, who spent 15 years as founder/frontman for the group, recently went solo and signed with Mountain High Music (they call his stuff “Cajun bluegrass”). Known for his witty humor, hot guitar licks, and improvised lyrics, Herman carries on the same antics with his new ensemble. Great American Taxi hit the Farm in support of their new album, Streets of Gold. Check out www.greatamericantaxi.net and
www.vinceherman.com for more. —TBL SATURDAY

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