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Mississippi’s Fat Possum Records’ mixture of hill-country bluesmen and raw punk-rock spirit didn’t pay off until R.L. Burnside toured and recorded with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Now the relationship continues as the Explosion’s Judah Bauer has formed a sidegroup called 20 Miles, whose self-titled debut of abrasive roots noise features Bauer and his brother aided by Mississippians like T-Model Ford’s drummer Spam and Othar Turner’s Fife & Drum Band. At tonight’s show, young Bauer will be preceding Seventy-something
T-Model Ford, who once served two years on a chain gang for murder and now holds down the fort as the only entertainer left on a street decimated by crack dealers. His Pee-Wee Get My Gun documents the minimalistic power of his hypnotic riffs and Spam’s snare and bass drum-only beats. With the North Mississippi Allstars at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (SK)