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Nashville Pussy; Grady Champion

The only way a guy as ugly as Blaine Cartwright could get two women to kiss each other in front of him every night is by paying for it -- or by being a rock star. He's the latter, at least according to patrons of juke joints across the United States, where his band Nashville Pussy has been touring relentlessly since its inception in 1998. The balding, short, and stocky Cartwright leads indefatigable performances with driving drummer Jeremy Thompson, guitarist Ruyter Says, and Cartwright's wife, who isn't afraid to launch into make-out sessions onstage with the six-foot three-inch fire-spitting bassist, Corey Parks (sister to NBA basketball player Cherokee Parks).With tunes such as "Go, Motherfucker, Go," "Eat My Dust," and "Sock It to Me, Baby," the crew puts on a show that's nonstop redneck thrash. If you're into the group that garnered a 1999 Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance, then you can bet a case of cheap American beer that a trip to Fu-Bar (909 E. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale) on Thursday will be worth your while. The show starts at 10:00 p.m. with Gluecifer and Load opening. The cover charge is $13. Call 954-776-0660 for details.

A rock and roll sleazefest isn't for everyone, though. Grady Champion's less aggressive, less offensive blues might be an easier choice. He's back in town after a tour supporting his latest Shanachie release Payin' for My Sins,giving an all-too-infrequent local performance at the relatively new Rhythm Room Café (239 Sunny Isles Blvd.) on Saturday (nights up there have been too quiet for too long). The show starts at 10:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-919-8080.

 
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