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Christian Serpas and Ghost Town 

New Orleans country-rockabilly act Ghost Town has an impressive list of Nashville legends new and old with whom they've shared a stage -- on it are old guard Merle Haggard, Jerry Jeff Walker and David Allan Coe, plus new-generation favorites like Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Montgomery Gentry. It's high-energy, hard-rocking roadhouse country with its boots well planted in the rip-roaring, danceable sound of early rockabilly. Vocalist Christian Serpas is lyrically deft and clever, with the kind of wordplay that makes truly memorable country songs, achieving that excellent balance of heartwrenching and funny lyrics. When they're not on the road opening up for the CMT Top 20, they're working the circuit of Louisiana festivals and bars, hawking their recognizable "God Bless Johnny Cash" T-shirts. Their new album, Six Pack, drops Sept. 16, but they're worth catching live; it's rare to see a band have this visibly good a time onstage. They open for Jason Boland and the Stragglers. Tickets $10. -- Alison Fensterstock

9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17

House of Blues, The Parish, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

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