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The title of Texas bluesman Long John Hunter’s latest album, Swinging From the Rafters, isn’t hyperbolic. Between 1957 and 1970 in a nonsegregated Juarez, Mexico, club, Hunter was literally swinging nightly, while bellowing self-penned shuffles, partytime soul, and rock hits of the day. Decades later, he’s clutching a ceiling beam on a CD with tuneful attempts to fill up a dance floor that turn out to be a bit cobwebbed. But Hunter’s best-crafted grooves show off his deep, church-bred voice, his flashy fretwork, and his band’s horn-honking, which recapture the raucous vitality of his glory days. With the Walking Catfish at 9:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $8. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)