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By Andy Argyrakis
Wailers address classic album, Cohn up close, Emmylou's evening of folk
Monday, January 7, 2013
Wailers address classic album: No reggae artist has ever amassed such a widespread cross-cultural reach as Bob Marley, and though he's no longer on this earth, his longtime backing band The Wailers continues in the late great leader's inspiring tradition. For this particular outing, the group that's anchored by veteran bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett promises several genre cornerstones, including a special spotlight on 1979's groundbreaking "Survival" album ("Africa Unite," "So Much Trouble In The World"). Wednesday, January 9 at Viper Alley: www.viper-alley.com and Thursday, January 10 at Old Town School of Folk Music: www.oldtownschool.org.
Cohn up close: He may be best known for penning and performing "Walking In Memphis," but Marc Cohn is one of the most astute (albeit underrated) songwriters spanning the '90s through today. After a near brush with death during an attempted car jacking, the troubadour seems to have a new lease on life throughout his latest long player "Listening Booth: 1970" and ongoing tour, which brings him to one of Chicago's swankiest supper clubs. Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10 at City Winery: www.citywinery.com/chicago.
Emmylou's evening of folk: At 65-years-old, Emmylou Harris is still going strong on the road and in the studio with 2011's "Hard Bargain" continuing her recent career renaissance. Besides newer tunes, look forward to a full night of folk, country, bluegrass and pop, plus plenty of storytelling spun in her easygoing southern style. Friday, January 11 at Genesee Theatre: www.geneseetheatre.com.
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