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Caitlin Cary may not be a Big Rock Star like fellow ex-Whiskeytowner Ryan Adams, but that doesn’t mean her gentler brand of musicianship is superior. More grounded than the aforementioned temperamental buddy of Elton John, the North Carolina-based violinist/vocalist has a tasteful consistency that ensures she hits neither Adams’ lows nor, er, highs. On her second full-length CD, I’m Staying Out, Cary spends more time in pleasantly safe jangle-pop establishments than in country roadhouses. Cary alone is not responsible for this approach: Onetime dB Chris Stamey’s too-smooth production, as well as workmanlike strumming and pounding from Cary’s own band and Stamey’s fellow ’80s compadres Don Dixon and Mitch Easter, often hide the winsomeness in Cary’s Natalie Merchant-like lilt. There is hope, though: Album closer “I Want to Learn to Waltz With You” allows her chords to breathe free of the disc’s easy-listening constraints. Cary plays at 9 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (Steve Kiviat)