8 p.m. Thursday, December 6, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 866-402-5837 or www.hob.com/houston.
For country folk, stripped-down guitar pulls like KILT's "10 Man Jam" seem to be popular around this time of year. However, this House of Blues mini-pull the week before has a few big advantages over KILT's big December 12 Bayou Music Center event. With only three performers, this one won't last all damn night, and it's open to the public rather than being a listener-only exclusive event. But most important, Canada (of the Departed), Boland (of the Stragglers) and Knight (a sort of thinking man's John Mellencamp) have enough Haggardesque blue-collar grit between the three of them to outlast ten men.