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Ned Evett, Feb. 6, KFCH

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Local guitarist Ned Evett has long been known for his signature affinity for a fretless glass-necked guitar. Though his first release in 1999 was an instrumental CD, he then tapped into his singer-songwriter side, expressing himself through his mastery of pop music. For his fifth release, 4 Songs Live, he recorded at VAC and explores yet another facet of his musicianship: blues-rock.

"I've been listening to a lot of Chicago blues and using YouTube as an instructional aid," Evett said. "It's amazing. You can watch a Jimi Hendrix concert, you can hear it and you can see it and how they're doing what they're doing." Evett and his band also spent last fall opening for guitarist Joe Satriani.

Evett said he likes the immediacy and freshness of a live CD. "I'm pushing forward with a new concept of releasing new material that's recorded live," Evett said. And new it is.

From the first distorted, trashy guitar riff, Evett's mastery of the stringed instrument is still evident but skews in a different direction. The subject matter is darker and deeper and so, even, is Evett's voice. It's a fiercer, more grown-up Evett, and it may catapult him into a new realm.

Friday, Feb. 6, with Joe Cefalu and Low-Fi, 8:30 p.m., $6.50 or $13 (includes a copy of the CD). Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.

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