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With a two-night stand that featured top-flight rock 'n' roots music and no curfew, the Pine Hill Farm house concert series said goodbye in style this past December. However, at those farewell shows, Pine Hill Farmer Kurt Hickey--who, along with local jack-of-all-music-related-trades Steve Gardner, sponsored the series--suggested that his impending relocation didn't necessarily mean retirement. Turns out Hickey was right: All it meant was a new name. On Friday, March 21, Hickey and Gardner will present the debut of the Sun Valley Ranch House Concert Series, live from Hickey's new place on Cole Mill Road in Durham. With New England's Mark Erelli, they've lined up a wonderful performer to kick things off at the ranch. Alt-country bible No Depression had this to say about Erelli's songwriting: "Tasteful, intelligent and sensitive, [it] is as unpredictable as a bead of mercury; once you think you have it, it reassembles into something else on the next track." And as roots-rock stalwart Dave Alvin put it, "If I had a voice like Mark Erelli, I could go places." Tickets are $10; send e-mail to steve@topsoil.net for ticket and show information and for directions. --Rick Cornell

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