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Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin
Blue Bayou Club
Friday, Aug. 15, 9 p.m.

In 1973, Muddy Waters invited Bob Margolin, a young white guitarist from Boston to his hotel room to audition. Margolin stayed with Muddy's band until 1980, and they remained friends until his death. Margolin also remained friends with a slew of Chicago sidemen from back in the day including Pinetop Perkins, Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Willie Big Eyes Smith and Carey Bell, who all appear with him on his new Telarc release, All Star Jam. They won't make the Hillsborough gig, but Margolin will make sure that their spirits and that of Muddy's will be well represented. --Grant Britt

Malcolm Holcombe
Pine Hill Farm House Concert
Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.

Jeff Black
Afternoon Nap House Concert
Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:15 p.m.

There's always going to be an abundance of singer/songwriters (a term, by the way, that most of the qualifying artists despise). The trick is finding the ones that you can stand to listen to. This weekend, Triangle-ites will have the opportunity to spend time with two of the more compelling, um, vocalizing composers around--and in living rooms to boot. Malcolm Holcombe has a unique, steely-eyed stage presence and a sound that mixes country blues and twisted folk. Jeff Black has a more conventional style, but his songs and rich voice are far from run-of-the-mill. His "Gold Heart Locket," from the recent B Sides & Confessions, is one for the ages. --Rick Cornell

Chatham County Line
Pour House
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10 p.m.

Raleigh's Chatham County Line seems poised to have it both ways. The quartet's musicianship and harmonies are of high enough caliber (with gifted multi-instrumentalist and tenor John Teer exemplifying the best of both categories) to satisfy the purists, but the band also possess a certain intangible that helps convince rockers to dip a toe in the bluegrass stream. And whether they're singing about trains, old-time radio, John Hartford, or breakfast, the guys--Teer, primary vocalist and songwriter Dave Wilson, banjo player Chandler Holt, and bassist Ned DuRant--clearly know how to tell, and sell, a story. --Rick Cornell

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