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Second round of semifinalists competes at Rising Stars

The Rising Stars music competition continues with the second round of semifinalists playing Saturday, Feb. 8, at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville. Up this weekend are jazz, blues and R&B trio Not Two Shabby; duo Charles Guy and Linda Powers; and Sage Meadows and High Country, with singer and songwriter Meadows on acoustic guitar, Dave Hampton on drums, Jeff Addicott on bass and Craig Martin on pedal steel and slide.

The instrumentalists bring Meadows' original songs to life with their signature blend of electric country twang and thoughtful arrangements. Several of Meadows' songs — "River Roads," "Cousins," "High Country" and "Black Night" — reflect her perspectives on isolated river roads along the Salmon and Scott rivers in Northern California where she grew up. Meadows' country roots are reflected in such songs as "Portland," "Lover's Moon" and "Dancin,' Drinkin,' Lyin.' " There's also a bit of the Bakersfield sound in her tunes.

Not Two Shabby features singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Matthew Kriemelman; and Charles Guy and Linda Powers are a guitar and violin duo that plays Spanish-flavored folk music.

The show starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St. Admission is free. Call 541-899-9120 or see www.southstagecellars.com.

Sponsored by South Stage Cellars and Britt Festivals, the competition will continue with semifinals on Feb. 15 and 22. Audiences can vote for their favorite bands or musicians by purchasing votes for $2 each. Proceeds will benefit Britt's music education programs.

The finalists will compete Saturday, March 1, at the Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., with the winner to be announced at the end of the show.

The winning band or musician will be featured as an opening act during Britt's 2014 season of outdoor concerts and will perform live in the studio at Jefferson Public Radio.

Second round of semifinalists competes at Rising Stars