The title of Eric Brace and Peter Coopers wry, two-part-harmony-centric country-folk collaboration You Dont Have to Like Them Both makes a tongue-in-cheek argument for what duos have on solo acts: variety. Clearly, theyre willing to think even more broadly than that. Besides the songstheirs, Todd Sniders, David Olneys and othersthis show is about strength in numbers larger than two, and about throwing a spotlight on the connections between all of them. For instance, Brace and Cooper both grew up regularly admiring Mike Auldridges Dobro playing with the Seldom Scene in D.C.; Auldridge was powerfully influenced by steel guitarist Lloyd Green and composed an instrumental tribute in his honor; Lloyd played on Brace and Coopers album. (Both Lloyd and Auldridge will reportedly be on the next one.) Heres the kicker: This far into their careers, Green and Auldridge have never shared the stage before. Thatll be something.
Fri., Sept. 25, 9 p.m., 2009