When: Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. 2012
When guitarist Charlie Sizemore stepped down as lead singer of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys in 1986, he'd spent 9 of his 25 years in the band. In the realm of bluegrass that's known as good breeding, and he's built on those early lessons as a leader of his own group—even after an eight-year hiatus during which he earned a law degree. When Sizemore returned to performing in 2006 he sounded as sharp and original as ever, combining the soft-edged tone of much modern-country singing with hard-core but unflashy picking. He didn't write any of the 14 songs on last year's Heartache Looking for a Home (Rounder), but he makes every one sound like he did, whether it's Tom T. Hall's classic "Pay No Attention to Alice" or the Alan Jackson obscurity "Walking the Floor Over Me"—and he even pokes fun at his other gig on "No Lawyers in Heaven." —Peter Margasak Jim Craig opens.