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The Fustics w/ Steel Petals 

When: Fri., Jan. 10 2014

folk rock, Americana

Roots rockers and self-styled “poets of the underclass,” Brad Heller and the Fustics have built a following in the Southeast thanks to their reputation for delivering high-energy shows and touring hard. For a band whose name is derived from the phrase “fuse acoustic music,” the sound of Heller and company is hard to pin down. A natural storyteller, Heller likens his songwriting to that of Kentucky’s Chris Knight, and the Fustics frontman comes armed with a vagabond’s collection of adventures. In the early ’90s, Heller hopped on moving trains and hitchhiked around the American West, and his songs recall the small towns and back roads he’s visited. “I’ve been running roads that seem to never end,” he sings on the title track of the band’s fourth full-length album American Burden, a song about the sins of the U.S., complete with mellow acoustic rhythms and cutting electric riffs. “I’m caught in the crossfires of a nation I don’t know.” Maybe you can relate. —Corey Hutchins FRIDAY

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