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Live music picks: Jan. 13-15

Banjo-playing singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn plays Eddie's Attic Jan. 23.

Banjo-playing singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn plays Eddie's Attic Jan. 13.

TODAY
Abigail Washburn

It’s a measure of singing banjo player Washburn’s talent that the musicians who have passed through her band include such high-caliber players as cellist Ben Sollee, fiddler Casey Driessen and multiple Grammy winner and fellow banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck. The latter is actually her husband now. Washburn’s second solo album, “City of Refuge,” doesn’t include any songs in Chinese, unlike her last solo release, 2006’s “Song of the Traveling Daughter,” and 2008’s “Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet.” Illinois-born Washburn began studying Mandarin Chinese back in 1996, and even without the Chinese words, the country’s musical influence is still evident on her latest, though American roots music is front and center.
8 p.m. Jan. 13. $22; $18 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

TODAY
Big Head Todd and the Monsters

This Colorado rock band built a big following through extensive touring in the early 1990s, then gained an even bigger audience with the 1993 album “Sister Sweetly” and memorable mainstream rock hits “Bittersweet” and “Broken Hearted Savior.” The band’s latest recording project, “100 Years of Robert Johnson,” was done under the name Big Head Blues Club and found blues greats such as B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Cedric Burnside, David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Hubert Sumlin joining in on songs by the legendary Johnson. This show will be one of only a handful of dates on the U.S. tour, where the band will perform their 1990 album, “Midnight Radio,” in its entirety, along with a selection of fan favorites.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 13. $28; $26 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TODAY-SATURDAY
Kodac Harrison

The Atlanta poet-singer-guitarist celebrates the release of a new album, “In Too Deep, 1984 – 2004,” which gathers some of Harrison’s favorite recordings. The long-serving troubadour hosts this CD release party and celebration, which will also includes performances of music, dance and spoken word by both Harrison and others; an art opening; and a “retirement party” for his guitar. Whether you pick up the CD or go see the show, you should experience the man’s work. Harrison’s detailed, evocative wordsmithing and gruff, emotive voice are among our city’s finest treasures.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 13-14. $20; $15 in advance. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-523-7647.

SATURDAY
Gordon Lightfoot

It’s easy to forget just how memorable some of this Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter’s work is until you put a few of his gems together in a row: “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” each one a Top 10 hit.
8 p.m. Jan. 14. $35-$75. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Delta Moon takes the stage for one last hometown hurrah before heading off on a European tour. The band plays Eddie's Attic Jan. 24.

Delta Moon takes the stage for one last hometown hurrah before heading off on a European tour. The band plays Eddie's Attic Jan. 24.

SATURDAY
Delta Moon

There’s not a more reliable good time to be had in Atlanta than a Delta Moon gig. The band has been through quite a few changes during the past 10 years, but the dual slide guitars of Tom Gray (formerly of Atlanta new wave outfit the Brains) and Mark Johnson have always been the band’s blues-stoked engine. The quartet has a new album coming soon, “Black Cat Oil,” and they’ll be taking it on the road, spending February touring Italy and April and May winding through Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Catch them before they hit the road.8 p.m. Jan. 14. $12. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

SATURDAY
Evanescence

Evanescence, which is basically frontwoman Amy Lee and anyone who hasn’t jumped or been pushed out of her band, added a little feminine touch to the alternative metal genre when it debuted in 2003. After one more album and a long hiatus, Evanescence returned in 2011 with a self-titled album that debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, proving there was still an audience for Lee’s goth-tinged rock balladry.
8 p.m. Jan. 14. $38.50 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

SATURDAY
Yacht Rock Revue Presents Dazed And Confused

Members of the Yacht Rock Revue perform selections from the “Dazed and Confused” soundtrack for the first set and Led Zeppelin’s fourth album for the second set. These local musicians are probably best known for playing smooth ’70s rock, but this show finds them taking on some of rock’s most beloved music. As a bonus, they’ll try to sync their performance of “Dark Side of the Moon” to “The Wizard of Oz” in a tribute to the way the two classics of different eras seem to fit together when played simultaneously. Well, that’s what some people say.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 14. $20; $15 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SUNDAY
Winter Jam Tour

This is probably the most star-studded gathering of contemporary Christian music we’ll see in the Atlanta area until June’s Atlanta Fest. This tour, which is scheduled to hit nearly 50 cities during the current leg, includes Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Fuller, Newsong, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew and more.
6 p.m. Jan. 15. $10. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

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mathman

January 12th, 2012
8:48 pm

I don’t care for Evanescence but when writers like this oxygen deprived writer make comments like saying the band is basically fronted by amy lee is the reason why most bands that are in the mainstream breakup. The group is named Evanescence not Amy Lee. There is a guitar player, a bass player and drummer that work together as a unit. Comments like this no enzyme, oxygen deprived, butter from last years gruits on the teeth writer is why I don’t listen to mainstream music.

Dave

January 12th, 2012
9:01 pm

With Gordon Lightfoot … all you have to do is close your eyes and listen and you’re there with him in his story … quite a songsmith

Cool Music Dude

January 12th, 2012
9:35 pm

Gordon Lightfoot in town and I’m broke. . . Oh well. I can just hold my teeth together while I sing and it’s the next best thing.

ccrider

January 12th, 2012
9:46 pm

Lightfoot’s songs touched my heart as a child and still do.

Carefree Highway and Read My Mind are masterpieces

Wayne

January 12th, 2012
10:04 pm

Right mathman, like there are no moving parts in Ann and Nancy’s Heart.

FMFats

January 13th, 2012
12:41 am

Abigail Washburn’s set opening at the Variety for the Wood Brothers last year was kller. I’m really looking forward to the show at Eddie’s tonight.

AJ

January 16th, 2012
12:19 am

Winter Jam was killer. Upcoming band We As Human opened the show and was exceptional. Don’t miss this show next year if you made excuses this time around.