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Brandi Carlile, Blitzen Trapper 

When: Sun., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $46
The Pacific Northwest exports a lot of melodious Americana, and now two of the most widely loved are sharing the stage. Blitzen Trapper, of course, needs no introduction, which must be why they're opening. Out with her fourth LP is country songstress Brandi Carlile. Hailing from the boonies of Washington, Carlile grew up obsessed with Patsy Cline. She doesn't seem to have grown out of this, and that's why I find her so compelling. Her fourth album, Bear Creek, is a soulful, leisurely album, easy to listen to, with a few soundtrack-ready singles. The album gracefully confronts the blahs of turning 30 in a surprisingly mature way. But Carlile is nothing if not backward gazing, and her sweetly textured voice is meant for country. That's probably why I favor her more old-timey songs ("Keep Your Heart Young" and the gospel tune "Raise Hell") over the incursions into roots rock ("Hard Way Home"). REBECCA WILSON

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