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BLUES/ROCK | Fifth on the Floor 

This Kentucky four-piece formed in the summer of 2006 and rocked small-bar crowds with songs about its members' two favorite things: women and booze. This early, schnockered songwriting approach has expanded over the years and the band's high-energy live shows now incorporate a number of musical roots. Fifth on the Floor produces a clean, cohesive sound that blends aspects of Southern rock, blues, and bluegrass. The group's 2010 album, "Dark and Bloody Ground," received an incredible amount of positive press. Shooter Jennings said that albums like this "should be included in the handbook for new country music listeners." The band's fan base has grown at an astonishing rate and has led to shows opening for the likes of the Marshall Tucker Band and Dale Watson, as well as a number of headlining tours throughout the South and Midwest. George Cole and Eurocana opens.

Fifth on the Floor performs Thursday, January 3, 7:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-10. 232-3230, abilenebarandlounge.com.

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