...but he won't go quietly, either. He's busy as ever, and he has a fine new album he'll be showing off in Durham Saturday night. For some talk about the album and details on the show, check the preview from Friday's paper.
This week brings a couple of very fine show announcements. First up is Bon Iver, the group led by former Raleigh resident Justin Vernon, who will play the Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater with Rosebuds on July 29 -- a bill you could call Friends of Megafaun. Vernon used to play with the three members of Megafaun in DeYarmond Edison (and he was in on their Sounds of the South project last fall); and Megafaun's Brad Cook is a sometime member of Rosebuds as bassist. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Over at Durham Performing Arts Center, meanwhile, Steve Earle has been announced for Sept. 17. Earle played solo and mostly did Townes Van Zandt songs on his last Triangle show. But this time, he'll bring in a band featuring his wife, Allison Moorer. Tickets go on sale June 3.
Despite what some people seem to believe, watching live music is not a competitive sport -- and I'll bet you know what I'm talking about. Every crowd of any size always seems to have a guy or two determined to prove they're the biggest fan there, whooping and hollering to signify that they recognize every song before anyone else in the room.