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Check It Out: March 15, 2013

Holly Williams – The Highway (Georgiana Records) Talent doesn’t always automatically transfer to the next generation (see Elijah Blue Allman). As the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., daughter of Hank, Jr., and half-sister to Hank III, Williams already tried to go the major label route. This time out, she chose to run with Civil Wars producer Charlie Peacock and self-release her third studio effort. Far more stripped-down and organic than the Nashville native’s first two records, these 11 songs go beyond the tear-in-your beer sentiments that have been the long-held stereotype of country music. Yes, there’s mention of booze and cheating in the opener “Drinkin’,” but Williams deftly handles it by tracing the dysfunction from spouse to narrator all the while including abandonment and self-destruction, framing it all with a mid-tempo mix of pedal steel and fiddle. On the mid-tempo “Railroad,” she masterfully touches on desperation that becomes wanderlust with lines like “You never walked in my shoes, you never understood/Why I was escaping anyway that I could.” Elsewhere, the forlorn “Happy” with its mix of cello, acoustic guitar and harmonizing by six-string strumming hubby Chris Coleman makes it a gem amid a field of musical diamonds.

While the name recognition that comes with cameos by guests like Jackson Browne, Jakob Dylan and Dierks Bentley might draw listeners to Williams’ latest, it’s the songs, all of which she had a hand in writing, that will make them stay. It’s a far more substantial effort befitting her lineage versus what’s being churned out by the Music Row sausage factory nowadays.

Sat. 3.16

Port Washington

Natalie MacMaster @ Landmark on Main Street

223 Main St. 8 p.m. $45, $40, $35. 516-767-6444 www.landmarkonmainstreet.org

A Nova Scotia native, MacMaster has been playing fiddle since she was 9. Along the way, she’s become a renowned instrumentalist who’s been tapped to play alongside myriad artists/groups including the Edinburgh Symphony, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill, The Chieftains, Yo-Yo Ma and fellow phenom Alison Krauss. Genetics may also play a role as she’s the niece of renowned Cape Breton violinist Buddy MacMaster, counts cousins Ashley MacIsaac and Andrea Breton as fellow fiddlers and is somehow related to Jack White of White Stripes fame.


Sun. 3.17

Farmingdale

1st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Main St. 1 p.m. Free. 516-346-7411 www.farmingdalevillage.com

As part of an initiative to revitalize Farmingdale’s downtown, the Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day (SPD) committee is launching the village’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Featuring grand marshals Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and fire commissioner Skip Schumeyer, the festivities kick off rain or shine at Northside School and wind up at the Farmingdale Village Green. In-between there’ll be plenty of participants walking the parade route. Among the groups you can expect to see the American Legion Color Guard, the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Cub Scout Pack 601, the East Farmingdale FD Band along with members from the different houses in Farmingdale, South Farmingdale and of course, East Farmingdale. Many local restaurants will be offering dinner specials and for those included, there’ll be a first-every Lepre-con pub crawl at 3 p.m. that starts at the Nutty Irishman.


Sun. 3.17

Glen Cove

25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Downtown. 1 p.m. Free. www.glencovedowntown.org

On the other end of the spectrum is the city of Glen Cove, whose own parade is hitting the quarter century mark this year. Organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Mike Moran Division 8, this annual event features the participation of more than 50 organizations. Everything kicks off behind Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue before heading down Brewster Street to School Street, eventually moving on to Glen Street before ending at St. Patrick’s Church. Irish activist Daniel J. Lane is the grand marshal who’ll be presiding over representation from numerous groups including the Glen Cove Road Panthers, Nassau County Police Color Guard, St. Edward’s Twirlers, the Long Island Brass and Percussion, St. Paul’s Dance Academy Irish step dancers and Ye Pirate Brotherhood.


Sun. 3.17

Huntington

George Thorogood and the Destroyers @ The Paramount

370 New York Ave., 8 p.m. $79.50, $49.50, $39.50. 631-673-7300 www.paramountny.com

As easy as it might be to take George Thorogood for granted given the fact that’s he’s been pounding the blues boogie beat since the early ’70s, give the man credit for never phoning in a show. Throughout a career that found him introducing Bo Diddley to a new generation via the “Bad to the Bone” video, he’s done a similar service by paying homage to greats ranging from Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker and Hound Dog Taylor to John Hiatt and Frank Zappa both in the studio and on the road. And so it goes with his latest studio effort, 2011’s 2120 South Michigan Ave., which happens to be the address of the late, great Chess Records. On this collection, Thorogood puts his touch on seminal songs originally recorded by idols Muddy Waters, Diddley, Chuck Berry and Willie Dixon.