Smart bets: Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters

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Southern Indiana-based musician Nick Dittmeier was probably not one of the people ready to kick 2014 to the curb. Last year brought him a nomination for songwriter of the year at the inaugural Louisville Music Awards, opening slots for Hayes Carll, Justin Townes Earle and Whitey Morgan, and new album Light of Day. According to No Depression, that EP “knocks it out of the park with six tracks of soulful Southern rock paired with catchy, yet thoughtful and engaging alt-country.” Dittmeier actually got his start playing in punk bands before venturing into Americana. If his social media feed is anything to go by, he and his band, the Sawdusters, play a show nearly every single night. And if that’s not enough of a selling point, he’s Facebook friends with his grandmother. Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters play The Bywater on Friday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. bywaterbar.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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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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