Variety of N.C.-based bands tonight (July 9)



Tennessee Hollow This acoustic roots-rock quartet, birthed at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and now based in the hills of Asheville, has honed the proper sensibilities of American folk and blues. Their songs, a fine example is the shuffling, strolling blues-country track "Slow Train (to Mexico)," are tinged with Appalachian spirituality. With Yarn. $10, The Evening Muse, (Shukla)

Decoration Ghost Greensboro rockers Decoration Ghost proudly wear their N.C. indie roots on their guitars. The gents channel Superchunk and the hot buttered rock churned out of Chapel Hill during the '90s. With melody-splattered rock, punk ethos and buzzed guitars inlaid with intelligent lyrics, check The Haze of Wine and Age, the band expands indie rock spawned in our own fair state. With Husky and Irata. $5, Snug Harbor, (Samir Shukla)

Chatham County Line Raleigh's CCL began as more of a combination bluegrass/Americana outfit, but recently, the band has morphed into something more traditional (at least technique-wise), a road less taken with many younger acts of their ilk (see Beat Circus, the Avetts). Possessors of fine from-the-holler harmony, the group can transition from hotshit rave-up to balletic balladry without breaking a sweat ... or a string. With Mandolin Orange. $12-22, Neighborhood Theatre, (Timothy C. Davis)

JT and the Dragpipes I got an e-mail recently letting me know that Tommy Ray and the Rayguns had broken up. Sad news. But it was followed by the information that Tommy Ray has joined forces with Jem Crossland for a new band – JT and the Dragpipes. Both handle singing and guitar duties. Throw in Badger on bass and Rusty Cloninger on the drums and it makes for one fantastic combination – and I haven't even heard them yet. Tommy Ray tells me the band will play rockabilly originals, some Rayguns and Crossland tunes as well as covers. Opening for Mad Tea Party. $5, Puckett's Farm Equipment, (Jeff Hahne)

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