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Pettis provides Southern-gothic folk 

Coming to Acoustic Sounds.

NPR VET: Pierce Pettis.
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Touching on Southern-gothic style music, dream-like storytelling and socially conscious subject matter, fingerstyle guitar player and composer Pierce Pettis will perform strong and sensitive music at Acoustic Sounds Cafe on Friday, Jan. 28. Besides his stylistically rich CDs (most recently “State of Grace” and “Great Big World”) he’s made numerous appearances on NPR shows like “E-town,” “Morning Edition,” “World Cafe”— and even on mainstream TV’s VH1 channel. Laurie McClain, a roots-folk and country artist from Nashville, Tenn., whose influences are John Prine, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, among others, opens at 7:30 p.m. Her first all-original CD, “The Trumpet Vine,” was released in 1997. Admission is $8, $7 for students. Camden native blues guitarist and W.C. Handy award nominee Micheal Burks smokes up Sticky Fingerz on Thursday, Jan. 27. Burks is working on another album for Alligator Records to follow up his most recent work on same label, “I Smell Smoke.” The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and admission is $6. Also at Sticky Fingerz this weekend: Get your Phish fix with Phix, a tribute band in the style of the New England improvisational jammers. Daybreak Down, from Oxford, Miss., starts at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. The cover is $6. Hankering for some Zeppelin? Zoso, known as one of the best Led Zeppelin tribute bands around, will appear Saturday, Jan. 29. Retrospect, from Memphis, starts the show at 9:30 p.m. Admission is also $6. The independent post-hardcore band Encomium is back in Little Rock after a two-week Midwest tour and will debut its new CD, “Let Us Cross the River and Rest Under the Shade of the Trees,” on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Vino’s Brewpub. The rather lengthy album title quotes some of the last reported words of Confederate Civil War Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The guys in the band say, “It has a very spiritual meaning and was said by a man who remained very focused and honorable in a terrible and trying time.” The CD contains six original tracks and was recorded in five days last August at Blue Chair Studio in Cabot. Mexico, Mexico from Russellville, Horizontal Orange from Kentucky and Tyler Read from Shreveport will also appear starting at 8:30 p.m. Admission for the all-ages event is $10, which includes a CD. We advise sticking with the floor and staying away from the mosh pit for Hank III (as in Williams) and Assjack, appearing on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Vino’s. Undeniable comparisons to granddaddy are evident in Williams III’s first set, and his latest album (2002’s “Lovesick Broke & Driftin’ ”) is all that is his birthright. As usual, the second part of the show is furious death metal. New Orleans swamp-punk girlie trio Hazzard County Girls opens up the show at 8 p.m. Cover is $12, and tickets are on sale now. Monday nights at White Water Tavern are getting indie and creative with an Open Mic Night hosted by local artist Stacy Mac (Fuyu, the Chicklettes, the C.U.N.T.S. — among others.) The vegan-rock and punk guitarist/songwriter has been around the underground rock and punk scene for years, including the short reign of the downtown Das Yutes club a number of years back. Stacy has since put on her vagabond shoes, traveling to New York City armed with just her guitar and earning her keep by playing small clubs there while performing for tips at the city’s public transportation stations. Folks of any musical or performance art discipline are encouraged to appease their muses at the tavern, with things starting around 9 p.m.
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