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Live music picks: July 15-20

A Perfect Circle - from left, James Iha, Matt McJunkins, Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, Maynard James Keenan - comes to the Tabernacle Wednesday, July 20. Photo: Tim Cadiente

A Perfect Circle - from left, James Iha, Matt McJunkins, Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, Maynard James Keenan - comes to the Tabernacle Wednesday, July 20. Photo: Tim Cadiente

FRIDAY
Steve Earle

Earle has long occupied the crowded overlap between rock, country and folk, but many Americana upstarts sound strained next to the 56-year-old singer-songwriter’s effortlessness. He’s touring in support of his latest album, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,” which shares its title with a Hank Williams song. That’s no coincidence. It’s also the title of Earle’s first novel, published this year, which tells the tale of a doctor haunted by the ghost of Williams.
8 p.m. July 15. $39.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859.

FRIDAY
Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele

Wilson, the former Gap Band vocalist, is getting to be a regular fixture on Atlanta stages. He helped ring in 2010 with a show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and then helped see it out with a New Year’s Eve gig at the same venue. His third solo album, “Just Charlie,” was released just before that 2010-ending gig. The third album from sultry Grammy-winning R&B vocalist Michele, titled “Let Freedom Reign,” hit stores a week before Wilson’s.
8 p.m. July 15. $25-$69. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

FRIDAY
Randy Travis

Many great country artists emerged during the 1980s, but Travis is arguably the finest male singer to debut in that decade. His first album, 1986’s “Storms of Life,” is still one of the genre’s best debuts and it helped put some genuine country twang back into the pop-infested country charts (yeah, it was happening then, too).
8 p.m. July 15. $34.50-$65. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

Jefferson native Corey Smith brings his crowd-pleasing blend of country and rock to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Saturday, July 16. Photo: Lisa Carpenter

Jefferson native Corey Smith brings his crowd-pleasing blend of country and rock to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Saturday, July 16. Photo: Lisa Carpenter

SATURDAY
Corey Smith

Being a household name might be nice, but Smith doesn’t need that to be a successful musician. He’s carved out a career without the mainstream’s star-maker machinery. The Jefferson native and University of Georgia grad melds country, rock and blues and plays to packed houses across the Southeast. He gets the Bulldog faithful going with “Every Dawg” and keeps the spring-break spirit alive for the post-grad crowd with “If I Could Do It Again.” His just-released album, “The Broken Record,” might put him closer to that household name status. He just played the CMA Music Festival in Nashville and, after six independently released albums, this is the first of his albums to get a major national push toward the country music mainstream.
6:30 p.m. July 16. $29. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

TUESDAY
Stephen Marley

Marley’s career has already spanned more than a quarter-century, even though he’s only 39 years old. He was part of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers (led by his older brother) and has produced albums by brothers Damian “Jr. Gong” (most notably “Welcome to Jamrock”) and Julian Marley. Despite that long résumé, he didn’t release a solo album, “Mind Control,” until 2007, but it’s one of the best non-Bob albums to ever bear the Marley name.
9 p.m. July 19. $24; $22 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

WEDNESDAY
Hayes Carll

This Houston troubadour is a welcome young addition to the pantheon of great Texas singer-songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen and Guy Clark. His expressive and leisurely drawl recalls another great Texan, Billy Joe Shaver.
8:30 p.m. July 20. $16. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

WEDNESDAY
A Perfect Circle

It’s been more than seven years since this band played Atlanta. After going on hiatus in 2004, this dark alternative rock project from Billy Howerdel and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan was resurrected last year. There are no plans for an album, but they’re working on individual songs and they’ve been playing at least one fresh track, “By and Down,” on this tour. Now where’s that new Tool album, Maynard?
8 p.m. July 20. $57.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

4 comments Add your comment

britfan

July 15th, 2011
1:19 pm

What about Britney Spears on Sunday?

Gordon

July 15th, 2011
4:33 pm

britfan,because Britney does not entertain and I can’t think of a person who would want to see her so there is no use to add her to the list.

ABC

July 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

Um, because she sucks?

Rectal Bleeding

July 15th, 2011
8:44 pm