Country performers are like snowflakes … well, not exactly, but I reckon there’s a mighty big difference between Hank Williams and Sugarland. This week four great country performers are playing in WNC. Who should you check out? Take this simple quiz to find out.
1. The sticker on your truck tells the world:
a) What you think of the current economic policy.
b) That you think peeing on things is a legitimate form of expression.
c) You attended a selective liberal arts college so don’t be judging you.
d) War is good for absolutely nothing, say it again!
2. It’s not “You Guys,” it’s:
b) Sons of bitches.
d) My brothers.
3. Your favorite form of cardio:
b) Cage fighting.
c) Walking your dog down the street.
4. Your favorite restaurant:
a) J and S Cafeteria.
b) 12 Bones.
c) White Duck Taco Shop.
d) Papas and Beer.
5. Which one of these titles speaks to you?
a) “Can’t Cash My Checks.”
b) “Dick in Dixie.”
c) “Sonora’s Death Row.”
d) “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart”
If you selected more “A” answers: Jamey Johnson plays the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. If you liked country when there were real outlaws and men in black, this show is for you. Recommended if you dig: Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr.
If you selected more “B” answers: Country-punk outlaw Hank III brings his show to the Orange Peel on Monday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. To celebrate his new freedom from his old record label, Hank III released three albums on Sept. 6; each record is from a different genre: traditional country, “cattle core” and heavy metal. Expect to hear a sampling of each at his show.
If you selected more “C” answers: Robert Earl Keen plays the Orange Peel on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Keen is known for his dryly humorous observations of everyday life and sharp song writing. Recommended if you dig: Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt.
If you selected more “D” answers: Hayes Carll comes to the Grey Eagle on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8:30 p.m., Caitlin Rose opens. Think: modern-day Kris Kristofferson or a slightly less wry John Prine. This Texas singer-songwriter is a country talent to keep in your sights.