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Piedmont Melody Makers

When: Thu., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. 2016

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

PIEDMONT MELODY MAKERS

Some critics have labeled the music of Piedmont Melody Makers as "unapologetic." Why should Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson, Cliff Hale, and Chris Brashear apologize for their first-rate delivery of the finest traditional bluegrass, country, and old-time music around? Gerrard took to folk music while attending Antioch College, veering away from her classical upbringing to work with Hazel Dickens in the sixties. Together, they were a formidable traditional folk presence. It took Gerrard a while to get to her own stuff, releasing Bittersweet, a collection of original numbers, in 2013. In 2014, she teamed up with Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor, who produced Follow the Music, and earned a Grammy nomination for best folk album. Her melody-making cohorts are similarly steeped in roots music traditions—Watson cofounded the esteemed Red Clay Ramblers—and together, they'll deliver some marvelous old-time truths. —Grant Britt

THE ARTSCENTER, CARRBORO
8 p.m., $20, www.artscenterlive.org

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