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Amos Lee is no Norah Jones—and that’s meant as the highest form of compliment. When Lee joined Jones on her European tour last year, everyone began pegging him as her male counterpart. But just because the Philly folk-soul troubadour owes the jazz-folk-pop princess a debt of gratitude doesn’t mean he’s her artistic twin. They have youth, a record label, genre-fusing styles, and silky voices in common, but Lee is a much cooler customer than Little Miss “Don’t Know Why.” He’s adorably scruffy, he’s toured with Merle Haggard and Dylan, and his debut self-titled album is funky and intimate. From the handwritten liner notes to the “I ain’t gettin’ no lovin’” lament of “Arms of a Woman,” Lee proves himself to have a little more oomph than the Grammy-winning, jazz-lite-singing Jones. So leave your preconceived ideas about Lee behind when he plays with Mutlu at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Ram’s Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. (410) 268-4545. $17.50. (Sarah Godfrey)