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Big shows in Covington and Porterdale this week

It’s a big weekend of music in Covington this week, so let’s get right down to it.

There will be Bluegrass on the Square tonight, with Grassville playing on the rooftop at Mystic Grill at 7 p.m.

John Nipper, of Apostles of Bluegrass fame, and company will blow you away with their superb and authentic bluegrass sounds. This is the real deal, folks. This is Bluegrass music. This should be a heck of a night and the weather, on this first day of autumn, should be just right. You won't want to miss this one.

Leighlynn Shine performs at The Speakeasy in Porterdale. Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The fantastic group that is Leighlynn Shine, headed up by local ladies, Cindy Taylor and Brittany Coles, will again be bringing their sweet and smooth country sounds to the "Back Alley Restoration" at 18th & 21st, better known as The Speakeasy.

In addition to harmonizing like a couple of righteous angels, Cindy and Brittany are also superb songwriters, as many of you know, and will be once again be bringing their Dixie Chicks-meets-Miranda Lambert sound and style to that special and esoteric spot down 81 in the lovely mill village of Porterdale.

Per usual, these lovely ladies will be joined by their regular cast of players — Jim Scarlett, on mandolin & lead guitar; Dwayne Watts, bass; Jonah Meredith on percussion; and Jordan Meredith on rhythm guitar.

In addition to doing several songs off their already-released EP, the ladies will also be putting out some new originals including "Take Me Down," an intimate song that deals with those special moments you share with your partner. Specifically, while the world might be a big ole mess, you can always find solace in loving the one you love. True that. In this crazy thing that is life, it seems as if Love is really the only thing that can bring any type of reason or comfort to this sometimes crazy and messed-up place that we call life.

Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner performs at The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub. Friday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music is set to start around 8 p.m.

Living blues legend Eddie Turner will be bringing his Chicago-style blues sounds to the Listening Room Friday night. A longtime collaborator of Otis Taylor, Turner was born in Cuba before later moving to Chicago. A fixture for many years of several of the well-known Blues festivals and tour circuits, this will be one of the few times "Devil Boy" will actually play a stand-alone show in Georgia. It really is a rare treat. So if you're a Blues enthusiast like me, you should definitely ease out and catch what should be a memorable show by this award-winning artist.

Bethany Hicks performs at The Social House, Saturday, Sept 24 at 9 p.m.

I've been hearing nothing but great things about this artist.
One example from Julie Byrd Bare, Social House and Speakeasy New Media Director: "Bethany Grace Hicks is a singer/songwriter with a blue-eyed soul voice. She takes each song she covers and makes them her own. She changes them up to fit her version of how things should be instead of trying to recreate the original artist's sound. She comes from a musical family and is an accomplished guitarist. Bethany Grace brings her musings to the mike with softness and soul."

Seriously, though, Hicks is by all accounts just a fantastic singer-songwriter and artist, this should be a fine night at The Social House.

Odds & Ends:

Indie Music Night at The Listening Room at Irish Bred featuring Young Antiques with special guests, Map of the Moon and Darkside of Pluto. Saturday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Young Antiques, by all accounts, are putting out real-deal Alternative/Indie Rock in the tradition of Husker Du and Elvis Costello. Good buzz about them and these other two groups.

JJ & Micah performs at Amici Covington, Friday, Sept 23 at 8 p.m.

The third act in Amici's "All-Star September" lineup. These Drive Time players are bringing their R&B meets Soul meets Blues, Rock and Pop sound back to the groovy pizza place on College Avenue. This should be a fine night.

Amy Rae and Joe Duke perform at Mystic Grill, Friday, Sept. 23.

This country duo, who we've written about a few times returns to the rooftop in what promises to be a great evening of country music.