Smart bets: The Tall Pines and Casey Driessen

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“The Tall Pines are equal parts soul and twang, molasses and moonshine, sass and skill,” says NPR. Christmas Davis writes gritty swamp rock tunes, which his wife, vocalist Connie Lynn Petruk, keeps soulfully smooth around the edges. The duo’s country rock is extremely accessible — even for those wary of a little twang — but doesn’t seem ultracatchy until you’re humming “If the Devil Knows You by Name” hours after the first listen. Co-headlining the Altamont Theatre show is Casey Driessen, a Grammy-nominated fiddler who spends as much time instructing at fiddle camps as he does performing. Driessen has planned a stripped-down, acoustic set for the evening, which will afford listeners an intimate glimpse into his virtuosity. Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. $10/$12. thealtamont.com. Photo by Esther Nisanova

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