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Jamaican singer-songwriter Abdel Wright made a demo last year that knocked out a bunch of industry bigwigs and caused U2’s Bono to call him “the most important Jamaican artist since Marley.” Nice going, Paul: Way to put pressure on the kid. Whether hype or hope, time will tell, but there’s no denying that Wright is a fresh talent with a fascinating life story. Though Bob Marley certainly helped shape his musical vision, the Man in Black played a role as well: Johnny Cash inspired the acoustic-guitar-playing youngster through regular visits at the Montego Bay foster home where Wright spent his teens. Wright’s self-titled debut comes out in September on Interscope, but catch him before he blows up with Citizen Cope and Mieka Pauley at 9:30 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (Christopher Porter)