The 12 best country shows in February

February brings a number of fine options for catching country music at local venues, whether your taste runs singer-songwriter, country rock, Red Dirt or old-time Appalachian-influenced fiddle music. Oh, and you should totally take your parents to see the John Denver tribute at the State. They'll think you're the coolest.

See also:
Lucinda Williams at the Dakota Jazz Club, 2/4/13
Ten George Strait songs that define his 30-year career

Lucinda Williams
Thursday 2/7 7:00
Dakota Jazz Club, Sold Out
Did you miss the first four nights of Lucinda Williams' five-night residency at the Dakota? Well, you can check out Natalie Gallagher's review of her Monday night show, or you can do that and also grab up some last minute tickets to catch that fifth show tonight. Or not, because the show's sold out. Fooled ya. Oh well, maybe they'll release some tickets at the door. Or maybe you'll just have to be happy Natalie captured it all for you already.

Levi Lowrey
Saturday 2/9 8:00
Toby Keith's I <3 This Bar and Grill
This talented young Georgian (and Zac Brown Band friend) brings his earnest, bluegrass-tinged singer-songwriter solo act to Toby Keith's Saturday night.

31st Annual Battle of the Jug Bands
Saturday 2/9 3:00 at the Nomad, Sunday 2/9 1:00 at the Cabooze
Suggestioned donation: $5
A West Bank tradition and the self-professed "oldest and longest running jug band get together in the known universe," this two-parter kicking off Saturday at the Nomad and ending Sunday at the Cabooze is celebrating its 31st year. Pancakes and waffle irons are involved - look out.

Bobby Bare, Jr.
Tuesday 2/12 7:00
Dakota Jazz Club, $15
Bobby Bare, Jr. had his first hit in 1974 - when he was eight - singing the Grammy-nominated song "Daddy What If" with his father. From this auspicious beginning he's gone on to make a name for himself, in spite of sharing that name with his daddy, as a popular underground roots/rock/country artist and talented songwriter. And speaking of his famous father - Bobby Bare, Sr. just released a very good album. We'd love to see him come through town, too, though it seems highly unlikely.

Lindi Ortega
Tuesday 2/12 7:30
7th Street Entry, $10
Ortega is an extremely promising Canadian-born singer-songwriter, and has the sweetest voice this side of Dolly and Emmylou. She returns to the Entry on Tuesday, and it's a toss-up which (Lindi or Bobby Bare) is the must-see; both are.

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