Bobby Bare Jr.

If you're looking for a shining example of bridging the gap between the old guard and blazing new trails, Bobby Bare Jr. is your man. His father (Bobby Bare Sr.) was a Nashville mainstay in the 70's (Junior was nominated for a Grammy at age 6 for dueting with his father on "Daddy What If"), and Junior draws a good amount of inspiration from that whiskey-tinged well. Bare Jr. is an astoundingly agile songwriter, comfortably dropping his throaty rasp atop soulful shakers, sweaty punk anthems, or paying an unironic, loving tribute to 70's soft rock giants (Bread and America) on his most recent EP, American Bread. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Thu., May 27, 9 p.m., 2010

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