Nashville misses out on the choice rock, pop and hip-hop acts that make a beeline straight for Atlanta on tour, but there's another thing we get too little of: good, lean blues; the kind where feeling strikes deep without turning into an overblown, 12-bar parody. Paul Rishell and Annie Raines will remedy that, at least for a night. They're a co-ed blues duo, which is rare enough. But they stand out all the more for being matched players, not just a cocktail dress-wearing chick singer with a sideman. Rishell actually does most of the singing, and he really knows his way around a National steel guitar; Raines has an equal flair for blowing harp on laid-back country-blues and searing Chicago-style stuff. Scissormen anchor the night.
Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m., 2009