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Music City Roots: Guitar Night feat. Bryan Sutton, Megan McCormick, Steve Wariner & Rory Hoffman 

When: Wed., Aug. 27, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
Nashville is home to just about every imaginable variety of guitar player holding down just about every imaginable variety of gig. But if you had to pick four who could hold a Music City Roots crowd for a night, you could do worse than Bryan Sutton, Steve Wariner, Megan McCormick and Rory Hoffman. Sutton’s first big foothold in Nashville was a spot in Ricky Skaggs’ band. From there, he went about establishing himself as the go-to ’grassy acoustic guitarist for major sessions. But every once in a while he’ll make an album with his name and his name alone on the cover, and the new one, Into My Own, has him singing (that’s new) and reimagining the sort of nimble mountain music he grew up with in North Carolina. McCormick has bluegrass chops too, but that’s not at all where her head’s at in her solo stuff. On this year’s The Real Me EP, her six-string’s at the heart of delicate, prismatic modern pop arrangements. Hoffman’s bound to make you do a double-take, since he plays his hollow body across his lap — kinda like a dobro, but without the slide — due to being born blind and unable to see what proper technique looked like when he started to play as a kid. He gets phenomenally inventive with it, coaxing out chord voicings that trad players would have a hard time duplicating. Wariner is the only one in the bunch who’s topped the country charts and received Chet Atkins’s Certified Guitar Player seal of approval. The set Wariner put out last year had singing all over it, but the three before it were instrumental sets showcasing everything from his thumbpicking finesse to his occasional urge to shred. JEWLY HIGHT


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