Smart bets: D. Striker

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Friday promises to be country-strong: First, Texas songwriter Hayes Carll headlines Downtown After Five. And later, Nashville-based musician D. Striker plays a set at Jack of the Wood. Of the tracks on his new album, Come Over Here, Striker says, “‘Three Dudes In An Office’ questions the sincerity of chest-thumping country boys singing redneck odes penned by Music Row office writers. ‘She Don’t Want Me (She Just Wants Attention)’ finds the song’s narrator baffled by a woman who blows up his phone with text messages but cannot give him attention in person.” Striker, aka The Man in Yellow, also publishes RR every Friday the 13th. It’s a zine that “tackles Nashville’s past and present while throwing up a salute to revelry and crazy people” — which means this musician knows country. He takes the stage on July 18, 8:45-9:30 p.m. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and The Whiskey Jackets also perform. $5. jackofthewood.com. Photo by Thomas Petillo

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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