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Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, with Lindsay Fuller & The Cheap Dates, Rusty Willoughby. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9:30 p.m. $10.

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Tonight: Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands at the Tractor

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Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, with Lindsay Fuller & The Cheap Dates, Rusty Willoughby. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9:30 p.m. $10. Among grunge aficionados, Mark Pickerel is best known as the founding drummer of Screaming Trees. (He played with the band until 1992, providing drums on the first five full-lengths). Although the music he makes now bears little resemblance to the hard rock and psychedelia of Clairvoyance, he still brings a drummer's rhythm to his new country style. "Let Me Down Easy" on Cody's Dream, his 2008 release with His Praying Hands, is a steady, blues-based track driven by a deep bongo beat and Pickerel's low, Chris Isaak-esque voice. He plays a dark kind of country music, driven by the haunting, percussive beats he's been perfecting for decades. PAIGE RICHMOND

Click here to download "Cherokee Grove" from Cody's Dream.

 
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