Joe Buck Yourself

Jim Finkley is not a normal man, which is exactly why he is so good at what he does.

Under the stage name Joe Buck Yourself, Finkley has found a mergence between country and punk that nestles comfortably into eccentricity and allows a somewhat common genre to stand out as something entirely of its own creation.

The Kentucky-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s career began taking off as the front man of the band Gringo in the mid-’90s.

He spent the late ’90s and early 2000s living in Nashville, Tenn., playing guitar for Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers and bass for Hank Williams III before embarking on his solo career and becoming an outspoken anti-Nashville artist.

Today, Finkley is known for his one-man band performances and his sailor-mouthed, punk-laden, “hillbilly” mystique.

Joe Buck Yourself will perform Friday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive with The Loose End. Tickets are $10 at the door. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 817-6925 for more information.

The Infamous Stringdusters

Grammy-nominated bluegrass quintet The Infamous Stringdusters got its start in the unlikely city of Boston while its founders were attending Berklee College of Music.

The band eventually brought its traditional bluegrass and folk-country sound to Nashville, where it began building a fast reputation for an exceptional live show.

Its 2008 self-titled album topped the Billboard bluegrass chart and ranked No. 62 on the Billboard country chart, making it the band’s highest charted album to date.

The group’s 2010 follow-up, “Things That Fly,” produced the Grammy-nominated instrumental “Magic No. 9.”

The band is touring in support of its 2012 album “Silver Sky” and will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with James Justin & Company.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at The show begins at 8 p.m.