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Friday, November 26, at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 East 24th, 713-862-8707.Jack Ingram and the Beat-Up Ford Band

Woodlands boy Jack Ingram may live in Dallas now, but just like the rest of us, he heads home for the Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce that only Mama knows how to prepare just right. Might as well mix business with pleasure, right?

Ingram now hosts his own radio show (Jack's Tracks: Jack Ingram's Real American Music Hour) and sponsors one of the most interesting alt-country festivals in the country (Real American Music Festival). And he still fronts one of the most whupass Texas country bands around. Ingram has a fanatical following that not only demands that the amps be turned to 11 but expects Ingram to tell the likes of Kenny Chesney, "No thanks, you can't record my song." Commercially suicidal deeds like that have insulated Ingram from the cries of "Sellout!" that have dogged the likes of Pat Green and Charlie Robison when they made their moves to Nashville labels. Ingram has released five albums on Sony's Lucky Dog imprint, but he never quite satisfied (or caved in to) the suits who kept saying, "But, Jack, we don't hear a single."

Ingram will be previewing songs from his spring 2005 album at a Continental Club show that should be a genuine homecoming extravaganza, with fellow Woodlands spawn Hayes Carll and Houston's Mando Saenz also on the bill. -- William Michael Smith

Friday, November 26, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

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