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Colter Wall @ Chico Basin Ranch, Saturday, July 20, 6 p.m., 22500 S. Peyton Highway, $15-$40, ages 10 and under free, chicobasinranch.com

When Colter Wall released his self-titled debut album two years ago, the media predicted big things for the Canadian country artist. From a commercial perspective, that hasn’t necessarily come to fruition, but give him time.

A 24-year-old singer-songwriter whose father managed a country music museum, Wall has a deep, rough-around-the-edges vocal style that recalls Waylon Jennings and Tony Joe White. He also has a way with lyrics (“High-heeled lady spitting at the nickajacks / Businessman with a needle and a spoon / Coyote chewing on a cigarette / Pack o’ young boys going howlin’ at the moon”) that don’t skimp on imagery. And slowly but surely, his career does appear to be taking off. A follow-up album,
Songs of the Plains, reached No. 17 on Billboard’s U.S. Country chart, and he’s been relentlessly touring the states, including three Colorado dates since February.

Wall’s opening set for The Devil Makes Three at Red Rocks focused largely on his own material, while his headlining shows include covers of artists like Townes Van Zandt, Tex Ritter and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. And if he forgets to play Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” call out for him to include it in his encore.

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