With With Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, 8 p.m. Friday, November 30, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 832-667-7733 or www.hob.com/houston.
The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty stories and Doc Watson-approved bluegrass chicanery. The six- or seven-piece group (depending on the touring cycle) has even been produced by the wooly Don Was of Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Todd Snider fame.
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