LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE
At 9 p.m. Friday, March 4
Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $10
Live Wire isn't exactly known for its bluegrass shows, but this one more than makes up for a relative paucity of high lonesome: Keel is one of the pre-eminent flat-picking acoustic guitarists in the entire world. Anywhere. He holds his own with the likes of (his good buddy) Tony Rice. And it's not basic bluegrass, the way Bill Monroe played it - Keel and the band (which includes his wife Jenny on standup bass) also play a jaw-dropping amalgam of gypsy folk and Appalachian instrumental music. This is acoustic music, pure and performed with intensity and flying-finger verisimilitude.
Keel is a frequent collaborator with the amazing (for different reasons) Keller Williams, a longtime favorite of Savannah audiences. Check out Thief, the all-covers album from Keller & the Keels.
One more thing: The Virginia-bred Keel devotes half of his official website to fishing news and tips (that's his other passion). He ain't a sweet-singing vocalist like Ricky Skaggs or Vince Gill - he's got a gravelly, weathered voice that lets you know, right from the get-go, that between that and the fishing, the flatpicking and the mountain-man beard, he's the real deal. See larrykeel.com
APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION
At 11 p.m. Friday, March 4
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. $10
On the other side of the spectrum, and on the same night (with the same ticket price) we have the hardest-working tribute band in show business. AFD "does" Guns ‘N Roses; the band comes through our fair city once or twice a year, and before you can say "sweet child o'mine" all those late ‘80s/early ‘90s rockers are reliving their glorious, bandanna'd pasts.
The band's lead singer is North Carolina native Chad Allen, who told Connect in a 2010 interview that GNR - back in the day - was something special. "I just always thought that they were like the Doors of the ‘80s and ‘90s," the almost-Axl told us. "They didn't stick around that long; they just kind of made their mark and fell apart. Not that say that Guns ‘N Roses doesn't exist - Chinese Democracy - but that classic lineup. It was the classic dirty, tough-guy rock band. Sleazy. And people like that." See notquitegnr.com
CHECK IT OUT
At the Wormhole Saturday (March 5) is the gritty Atlanta garage band Tiger! Tiger!, fronted by the snarly and utterly delightful singer and guitarist Buffi Aguero ... Killer lineup at Rock House Tybee Saturday: Cusses, Howler, Habitat Noise, Dope Sandwich and Electric Park ...The Savannah Folk Music Society's monthly First Friday concert (March 4 at First Presbyterian Church) features North Carolinian Valorie Miller (on guitar and accompanied by a standup bassist) and local favorites Amburgey & Hanson ...