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Preston's picks: Loretta Lynn, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Posted 12:28pm on Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013

Loretta Lynn at Arlington Music Hall

With Blake Shelton's recent ill-considered comment about Nashville veterans -- for those who missed it, the Oklahoma native said in an interview with Great American Country that "nobody wants to listen to their grandpa's music," and "kids ... don't want to buy the music [their elders] were buying" -- perhaps it's worth remembering that icons like Loretta Lynn helped pave the way for folks like Shelton. After all, Lynn's no-nonsense catalog, full of groundbreaking songs like Rated X and Fist City, made possible Shelton's hits like ... Hillbilly Bone. Maybe it's not time to write off the old folks just yet. With Holly Williams.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $45-$75.

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

While folks outside of Texas lose their collective minds over the talent of guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr., there's another blues-inclined guitarist from Austin making just as worthy a ruckus: the scorchingly talented Black Joe Lewis, who's been winning over audiences for the past six years (in Clark's defense, he has about a decade's experience on Lewis and his band). Lewis and the Honeybears continue to tour in support of 2011's Scandalous, and as anyone who has ever seen them live will tell you, they put on one heckuva show.

8 p.m. Tuesday. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton. $13, $15.

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