Carrie Rodriguez kicks of Conroe's free First Thursdays concert series tonight. After a long tenure as a duet with hall-of-fame-quality songwriter Chip Taylor, Rodriguez struck out on her own last year with She Ain't Me. The album is very much in a Patty Griffin vein, but the title track would do Loretta Lynn proud back in her "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" days - Rodriguez warns her man, ""Whoever Ms. Whoever is, she ain't me." Opening with new material from his soon-to-drop Last Free Place in America is Jubal Lee Young, who has been working the region hard the past year with his manhandle-it-and-put-the-hurt-on acoustic guitar. The rest of this summer's First Thursdays series shapes up like this:
May 7: Mark Germino, the Gougers
June 4: Johnny Bush, Jesse Dayton
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July 2: Joe Ely, Sideshow Tramps
August 6: Mike Farris, I.J. Gosey
September 3: Wayne Toups, Zydeco Dots
6 p.m. tonight at Heritage Park, 500 Collins, downtown Conroe. Due to construction at I-45 and Hwy. 105, take the Frazier exit if traveling from Houston. There is alcohol for sale, but coolers are prohibited.