Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Boy = Girl/Jim Lesher

When: Wed., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. 2015

Featuring veteran local singer-songwriters Jen Maurer (Mo’ Mojo) and Paul Kovac (Hillbilly IDOL), this local duo calls itself an Americana power duo. The band formed in 2011 because Maurer and Kovac wanted to write music different from their other bands. Maurer takes her influence from blues, zydeco and old-time music, and Kovac draws from bluegrass, traditional country and fiddle tunes. Their credentials are impressive: an Ohio Arts Council Master Artist, Kovac has toured Japan under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution and Maurer is a current Musical Ambassador through the State Department (American Musicians Abroad) who tours internationally. Their debut album kicks off with the twangy “Blue Modal,” a terrific tune that sounds like it could have come from the O Brother Where Are Thou soundtrack, and the tunes here display just how well the two singers' voices mesh. (Jeff Niesel)

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