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Saturday, October 3, 2009


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Shooter Jennings may lament his royal country lineage on “Living Proof,” but a wider sampling of his work strongly suggests the burden has hardly done him in. By the sound of things, the son of original country outlaw Waylon Jennings is more than capable of surviving the inevitable comparisons his career will likely never completely escape. As much a rocker as country boy, Jennings has successfully walked a high wire between roadhouse raucousness and Nashville studio savvy. His fourth album, Bad Magick, is a compilation of his previous three, and a new set (reputedly even more rock-bound) features his new band, Hierophant, and is due out early next year. Southern rock got a much needed shot in the arm — and boot in the ass — with the arrival of opener JJ Grey & Mofro’s first widely released set, 2007’s Country Ghetto. The North Floridian singer and multi-instrumentalist, possessed of pipes somewhere between Dr. John and Otis Redding, laid down redneck rants with real-life authority and gobs of attitude. A top-notch song crafter, Grey further taps into a Deep South hoodoo on the recently released Orange Blossoms. Earl Greyhound starts the whole thing off at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $18 advance, $20 day of show. — Duane Verh

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