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Live music picks, April 9-15

FRIDAY
George McConnell

You might remember this journeyman guitarist from his four-year stint as guitarist for Athens’ Widespread Panic. The Mississippi native left that band in 2006 and now has his own band, the Nonchalants. He’s been offering his Virtual 45 Series at his Web site. The series is now up to Vol. 6, with each volume a two-track download. With the Sundogs, Chase 56.
8 p.m. April 9. $8-$10. Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-223-1100.

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

SATURDAY
Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Chris Young

You know what Newnan native Alan Jackson is all about by now. The aw-shucks demeanor that sometimes verges on the stoic, the rail-thin frame topped with a cowboy hat. Most of all, you know that he’s a reliable maker of pure country. Jackson’s latest, “Freight Train,” was released last week, 20 years sand one month after his  1990 debut, “Here in the Real World.”

Josh Turner. Photo: George Holz

Josh Turner. Photo: George Holz

South Carolinian Turner’s canyon-deep voice is a stunner, and he began his career in 2003 with “Long Black Train,” a godly tune good enough to connect with even the most confirmed sinner. His fourth and most recent album, “Haywire,” provided Turner with his third No. 1 country single, “Why Don’t We Just Dance.” Young was the winner of Season 4 of USA Network’s “Nashville Star” talent competition. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., vocalist was also the season’s only Southerner. His self-titled debut was one of the better country releases of 2006, led by its gem of a first single, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely.” He followed that up with his 2009 album, “The Man I Want to Be.”
7 p.m. April 10. $25-$64.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

SATURDAY
JJ Grey and Mofro

Grey’s music is soulful, proud, thoughtful and unrepentantly Southern. Despite calling his latest album “Orange Blossoms,” his Floridian tales aren’t all sunshine and citrus. If you’ve never thought of Florida as a Southern state, Mofro’s music is a convincing corrective — and the perfect accompaniment for a heaping helping of fried catfish and hush puppies.
8:30 p.m. April 10. $18. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

David Gray

David Gray

SATURDAY
David Gray

British adult alternative fave crafts beautiful melodies and delivers them in a distinctive voice that conveys a strong emotional attachment to his songs. He returned to recording after a four-year hiatus with the 2009 album, “Draw the Line,” which includes duets with Annie Lennox and Jolie Holland.
7:30 p.m. April 10. $38-$53. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta.404-523-6275.

SATURDAY
Ween

They were poking holes in rock’s cliches long before Jack Black dreamed up Tenacious D., the actor-comedian’s parody rock band. Ween is often dismissed as smirky goof-rock, but these deconstructionist jokers always display a remarkable grasp of every style they tackle. They’ve taken on country, R&B, progressive rock and many other genres so well that the line between homage and parody is never entirely clear in Ween’s world.
8 p.m. April 10. $32.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY
Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra has been building a big national fan base, but the Atlanta outfit’s loyal local following requires two nights at Variety. The 2009 release “Means Everything to Nothing” is still the band’s most recent full-length, but in January, MO joined forces with singer-songwriter Kevin Devine for the two-song “I Could Be the Only One.” MO covers Devine’s “I Could Be With Anyone,” and Devine does the band’s “The Only One.” Earlier this year, drummer Jeremiah Edmond parted ways with  Manchester Orchestra, but it was on the most amicable of terms. He’ll still manage Favorite Gentlemen, the label that the band started.
8 p.m. April 14-15. $18.50-$21. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

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