Borders Bookstore and Yep Roc records present "In Your Backyard," three days of live music at Borders' new Chapel Hill location. Starting this Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m., singer-songwriter/violinist Caitlin Cary (formerly of Whiskeytown) is joined by Yep Roc alt-country artist Claire Holley for an evening of country-flavored tunes. Look for a full-length album by Cary--featuring members of Tres Chicas, Whiskeytown and more--in March. On Saturday, Jan. 26, Rolly Gray plays at 2 p.m., followed by Yep Roc old-style country artists Greg Hawks & The Tremblers at 3 p.m. (think George Jones meets Lefty Frizzell). At 4 p.m., local longtime Southern pop legends The Connells will perform, no doubt playing chestnuts from their 15-plus-years career as well as songs from their new album, Old-School Dropouts. Then on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m., listen to the new-soul sounds of Chapel Hill's Greg Humphreys (Hobex, Dillon Fence), followed by The Blue Dogs. Call 929-8332 for more details.
Many music fans will probably recognize Bett Padgett (pictured) as the force behind the excellent Little Lake Hill House Concerts series. But Bett is a powerful singer-songwriter and storyteller in her own right, an artist who mixes blues, pop and folk stylings to construct songs that work almost as musical "conversations." Padgett is best known for her '99 release Hatteras: If a Lighthouse Could Speak, a lyrical history of the N.C. coast's tallest lighthouse. Join Padgett for a Raleigh house concert to celebrate the release of her fourth CD, Conversations (Surprises and Other Stories), where, for a change, she'll be performing--rather than hosting--the show. The show is free, but reservations are required. Call 787-6378 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. --Angie Carlson