THREE'S COMPANY: Of the trio configuration, Jordan Tice, right, says that Haas Kowert Tice is less about the number of players and more about the specific instruments. "But it's kind of the most logical number," he says. "Wrangling five people is pretty intense; two people is kind of exposed; three is kind of great."

Haas Kowert Tice parlays high-profile influences into captivatin­g sounds

The three players of Haas Kowert Tice met at various music festivals as college students and found they liked jamming and hanging out. The friendship endured even as they moved in various directions careerwise. Bassist Paul Kowert now plays with The Punch Brothers, fiddler Brittany Haas with Crooked Still and guitarist Jordan Tice with Tony Trischka. Reconvening in Nashville, and sharing equally in the creation of new material, “everything comes off of our individual instruments more,” says Tice.

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One man, one guitar and a whole bunch of funny

Nick Thune has built a career around pointing out the absurd and hilarious lurking in everyday life. His deadpan, conversational delivery is accompanied by gentle, lulling guitar — a style reminiscent of comedians like Zach Galifianakis and Mitch Hedberg — and Thune is especially adept at the art of one liners. Local audiences can laugh along when Thune performs four shows at The Altamont Theatre this weekend.