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Staff Report • Aug 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Down Home opens stage to Big Daddy Love

Big Daddy Love plays Down Home, 300 W. Main St., tonight at 8.

The band’s “Appalachian Rock” — a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass — has landed this Western, N.C., quintet on the radars of music lovers all over North America and beyond. Their new CD and DVD “Live at Ziggy’s” captures the band with the lights on and the volume up at a hometown show at the venerable North Carolina music hall.

Big Daddy Love stretches the music out with top notch pickin’ and grinnin’ and delivers a stompin’ good time rich with authentic Carolina soul. Twang, rock hooks, psychedelia and lyrical complexity work together to create a refreshing, original sound.

Like a typical Southern rock line-up, the interplay between the lead instruments — Stratocaster riffs and soaring Allman-esque slide guitar on the one hand, and electric and acoustic five-string Scruggs/Fleck style banjo picking on the other — leads the charge.

Supported by a rhythm section that is equally at home in a groove or driving the bus with country, swing, funk or straight ahead rock, the band creates a striking dynamic that ranges from bombastic assaults to soothing grooves. Above the mix, the fiery vocals of Scott Moss, BDL’s new lead singer, calls attention to the good-natured yet thoughtful and sincere lyrics.

Tickets are $14 at the door. For more information, call 929-9822 or visit http://www.downhome.com.

Tune Town Old Time Band visits Carter Family Fold

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va., will present a concert by the Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Handy. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, and free for children under age 6.

The Tune Town Old Time Band is a North Carolina based old time band that has been making quite a name for themselves in old time music circles for the past several years.

Tune Town has six musicians in the group. The band features two guitars, two fiddles, and the clawhammer banjo.

Dr. Mark Handy will be playing banjo and helping out on vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices family medicine in Abingdon, Va.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc., is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music.

For more information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org or call 276-594-0676.

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