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The material on Actually Not, the latest release from McLean, Va.-based quartet Eddie From Ohio, runs the gamut from upbeat, twangy hoedown-folk to laid-back James Tayloresque ballads. Featuring guest performances by local pals like Pete Kennedy and produced by Birchmere sound engineer Billy Wolf, the Eddies’ third outing proves beyond a doubt that bright harmonies are the band’s specialty. The title, explains guitarist/bassist/ harpist/singer Mike Clem, is a response to the band name—the Eddies admit that they are “actually not” from the Buckeye State. Not features a mix of live recordings and studio takes, as well as a sprightly trio of songs previously available only on a discontinued cassette—“The Three Fine Daughters of Farmer Brown,” “Imagine Me,” and “North Pacific Rain” are included among the CD’s generous 20 tracks. The band has upcoming gigs in cities as far-flung as Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, and Telluride, Colo., but regulars at Arlington’s Bad Habits Grille, where the band has a long-standing Tuesday-night slot, can expect the Eddies to “keep up with the usual,” Clem reports. A performance/CD-release party for Not is slated for Dec. 17 at the Birchmere.