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Live music picks: July 22-28

Emmylou Harris returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden Friday, July 22. Photo: Jack Spencer

Emmylou Harris returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden Friday, July 22. Photo: Jack Spencer

TODAY
Emmylou Harris

A country music legend, an in-demand collaborator, a 12-time Grammy winner and a beloved entertainer, Harris has maintained a four-decade level of musical excellence that few can match. She’s also succeeded in transcending Nashville’s fickle machinery by appealing to a broad audience and doing things on her own terms. Her latest album, “Hard Bargain,” was issued in April and is her 21st solo release.
8 p.m. July 22. $52.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. 404-876-5859.

TODAY
Perpetual Groove

The hypnotic sound of this Savannah-born, Athens-based band stretches across the jam-rock spectrum, taking in jazz, reggae, rock, country, blues and just about anything else that gets in its path. Luckily, these guys have enough ideas to sustain their sprawling auditory travels and dynamic instrumental workouts.
8:30 p.m. July 22. $25, $22.50 in advance (younger than 21); $22.50, $20 in advance (21 and up). Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
Roy Clark

Televised barnyard hoedown “Hee Haw,” which had a two-year network run from 1969-71 before spending 20 years in syndication, was packed with groan-inducing jokes and over-the-top hillbilly stereotypes, but you could always count on some fine music. Co-host and guitar virtuoso Roy Clark was there every week to bring the show a much-needed touch of class, and at 78, he’s still pickin’ and grinnin’.
8 p.m. July 23. $20-$30. Villages Amphitheater, 301 Lafayette Ave., Fayetteville. 770-460-0686.

SUNDAY
Eels

Mark Oliver Everett — known as E — is the primary architect of Eels. He writes and records songs that range from quirky goofs (“I Like Birds”) to strange and frightening catharsis (“Going to Your Funeral”). The latter is from the 1998 album “Electro-Shock Blues,” recorded after the suicide of E’s sister and the cancer diagnosis of his mother. Despite the hovering dark clouds, it has an otherworldly beauty and is probably his best work.
8 p.m. July 24. $25; $22.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Kings of Leon - Nathan Followill (from left), Matthew Followill, Caleb Followill, Jared Followill - headlines Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood Wednesday, July 27. Photo: Dan Winters

Kings of Leon - Nathan Followill (from left), Matthew Followill, Caleb Followill, Jared Followill - headlines Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood Wednesday, July 27. Photo: Dan Winters

WEDNESDAY
Kings of Leon, Band of Horses

Tennessee boys Kings of Leon seem to spend every waking moment on the road. It’s been less than a year since the quartet last played here (and at the same venue, in September). That was just before the group released its latest album, “Come Around Sundown.” Formerly based in Seattle, the acclaimed Band of Horses returned to its native South Carolina before releasing 2007’s “Cease to Begin.” That second album was a shimmering blend of Neil Young and melodic indie rock haunted by the band’s Southern roots. Album No. 3, “Infinite Arms,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard album chart in May 2010.
7 p.m. July 27. $25.50-$50.50; lawn four-packs $84. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5090.

THURSDAY
Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans

Rascal Flatts is one of the biggest acts in country, even though there’s nothing particularly country about their music. Of course, you could say that about much of what Nashville is offering these days, so it’s tough to single Rascal Flatts out for something everyone is doing. And they must be doing something right, because the trio climbs to the upper reaches of the country chart with amazing regularity. Listening to a Sara Evans album is like listening to two different artists trapped on one CD — one a purveyor of syrupy ballads, the other a hard-core country girl surrounded by fiddles, banjos and pedal steels. Luckily, they both have powerhouse voices with just the right amount of twang. With Justin Moore, Easton Corbin.
7 p.m. July 28. $20.75-$71.75; lawn four-packs $60. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5090.

THURSDAY
Bob Dylan, Leon Russell

At 70, Bob Dylan is still a relentless road warrior. It seems the bard of rock is forever on tour. His career has spanned nearly 50 years, but Dylan only has 12 Top 40 hits to his name. On the other hand, many more of his songs, recorded by others, have climbed the charts (including Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” and the Turtles’ “It Ain’t Me Babe”). He’ll be joined by singer, songwriter and famed ’60s session musician Russell. His most recent work was “The Union,” a 2010 collaboration with Elton John and producer T Bone Burnett. Among Dylan and Russell’s earlier meetings was the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, where Dylan played a set backed by Russell, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
8 p.m. July 28. $35-$75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

Justin Vernon, the driving force behind Bon Iver, comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Thursday, July 28. Photo: D.L. Anderson

Justin Vernon, the driving force behind Bon Iver, comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Thursday, July 28. Photo: D.L. Anderson

THURSDAY
Bon Iver

Wisconsin-born singer-songwriter Justin Vernon is the prime mover behind Bon Iver. His lush new album, “Bon Iver,” surprised some listeners, who apparently expected something more like its predecessor, “For Emma, Forever Ago.” That breakthrough album was originally released independently and later picked up by Jagjaguwar Records and re-released in January 2008. It was a wintery work of quiet introspection, recorded in a remote cabin in northern Wisconsin, and landed on numerous best-of-the-year lists. With the Rosebuds.
8 p.m. July 28. $32.50-$40. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

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Harvey D. Pooka

July 21st, 2011
5:41 pm

“I love Olivia’s eyes, and Ronstadts really fine. But, Heaven Is A Girl Named Emmylou.”

Shane, you are correct: a beloved entertainer, with level of musical excellence that few can match. A beautiful woman with a beautiful, clear voice and a passion for her songs that comes shining through without being glossed over.