Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (Jan. 4 – Jan. 10)

“Six Picks” is our weekly column featuring some of the best in local music. We’ll shake off the cobwebs and start the new year with some rock and roll to rattle your soul. Read on for details.

Albert Lee Friday at Narrows Center (Friday)

Guitar freaks unite! One of the all-time legends comes to Fall River Friday when Albert Lee returns to the Narrows Center for the Arts. The Grammy winner has played with dozens of well-known rock and country stars, including Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and the Everly Brothers. Local guitar slinger Louie Leeman opens the night with a record release party celebrating his new album Same Age, Time and Town. Details here.

Local Show of the Week: Julie Rhodes Saturday at Knickerbocker (Westerly)

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Boston singer-songwriter Julie Rhodes (above) brings her powerful sound to the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly Saturday night. Rhodes has won several Boston music awards and recently returned from a European tour. Check out her tremendous version of the Etta James classic, “I’d Rather Go Blind ” below. Opening acts include roots favorites The Meadow Brothers and The Wolff Sisters. Details here.

Boston to Austin Saturday at Askew (Providence)

“Boston to Austin” is a major league roots/R&B/rockabilly show happening Saturday night at Askew in Providence. The talented line-up includes Tammy Savoy and Chris Cosello, Jittery Jack and Miss Amy Griffin, and Sean Mencher. This show promises to get you on your feet – details here.

Blue Oyster Cult Thursday at Greenwich Odeum (East Greenwich)

Apologies but … Need more cowbell? If your answer is yes, or you just need to hear some legendary rock and roll, head to the Greenwich Odeum next Thursday January 10 for Blue Oyster Cult. The band is of course known for hits including “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You,” and the classic “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” memorialized on Saturday Night Live for eternity. Details here.

The Huntress & Holder of Hands, Gilliver, and Footings Saturday at AS220 – Three of RI’s top indie bands play one of RI’s top Indie spots! Details here.

The Millrats and Blue Dream Fri. and Sat. at Nick-a-Nees – Rock out this weekend to a pair of homegrown bands at PVD’s best dive bar. Details here.