A veteran whos seen the ups and downs of Nashvilles country and bluegrass for more than a quarter of a century, the mighty Cord has been known to get down in the dumps over the business. But lately the Kentucky native (and eternal loyalist) has been fired up and hitting the circuit with a vengeance. Two new band membersbanjo man Jody King and bassist James Doncseczhave recently joined longtimers Kim Gardner (dobro) and Booie Beach (guitar), and its probably no accident that the lineup reunites a hot North Carolina band from the early 90s, After 5. Yet Cordles the man in charge, and for good reason. A world-class songwriter and singer, hes also one of the best in any genre at effortlessly grabbing an audience in the first five minutes of a showand never turning it loose.
Fri., July 31, 9 p.m., 2009