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Phil Cook’s music contains a genuine joy and reverence. These qualities are so rare that it’s immediately apparent from the opening piano trills that Cook’s debut solo record, Southland Mission, is something special. It’s what would happen if Muscle Shoals was in a small town in Appalachian coal country filled with the best Chicago, Detroit, and Memphis blues clubs. Southland Mission is steeped in music history, but never stuck in it. It feels strange to write “debut” alongside Cook’s name, as he’s been a central figure in the last decade of modern Americana and indie rock as a member of Megafaun and Hiss Golden Messenger and a collaborator with The Mountain Goats, William Tyler, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Cook’s passion for every single note he plays means that he can pull all his influences into something that sounds old and fresh at the same time. Phil Cook performs with Dead Tongues at 9 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.