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SoundCheck: Jingle Ball, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, The Four Freshman, Loretta Lynn


Featuring Cobra Starship, above, Pitbull, David Guetta, the Script, Demi Lovato, Big Time Rush, Jason Derulo, Karmin and Outasight

Details: Sunday 6 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. $29.33, $39.33 and $59.33; VIP passes to the MetroPCS Celebrity Club, featuring an acoustic performance and additional celebrity guests, are $109.33. For details, see

Cobra Starship has battled the perception of being a joke band for years, ever since their first single, the surprise soundtrack hit Snakes On A Plane (Bring It), and later Good Girls Go Bad, a duet with Gossip Girl actor Leighton Meester. But You Make Me Feel … is their biggest hit to date, proving the New Jersey quintet might have Maroon 5-like staying power. On Sunday, Cobra Starship will perform at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball at the St. Pete Times Forum, alongside artists like Pitbull, David Guetta and the Script. Here's a snippet of a our recent interview with lead guitarist Ryland Blackinton. For more, go to

You've toured with Justin Bieber. When you have fans in middle school, does that change your approach to your job?

I noticed that I got a lot of Justin's followers (on Twitter) on this last tour, and at first, I was a little more hesitant with some of the stuff I was tweeting. But I like to think that's why they're following us. Obviously, you have to consider that young kids, there's certain stuff they can't relate to, but at the same time, we can't hide the fact that we can sometimes be a little bit crude. Hopefully that will just endear those people to us.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

David Allan Coe

Details: Tonight at 7. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16 and up. (727) 565-0551.

Before country singers were ticked off by reality TV stars and trust fund babies, outlaw David Allan Coe was ticked off by just about everything. Coe led the outlaw country movement of the '70s alongside Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. After doing hard time, living in a hearse and releasing a handful of bawdy underground albums, the 70-something Take This Job and Shove It singer stays true to his insane and profane roots onstage.

Loretta Lynn

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $30.50-$77. (863) 834-8111.

After a pneumonia scare hospitalized her last month, country music leading lady Loretta Lynn, 76, is holding her own on tour. But really, would you expect anything less from the feisty Kentucky gal who repeatedly tested country music's conservative boundaries? When Lynn graced the country music scene in 1960, women didn't do controversy. Lynn hit 'em hard with confessional The Pill, a track "that got more publicity than just about anything, I reckon," she said in a recent interview. The Coal Miner's Daughter (greatly admired by Jack White) will treat Central Florida to an "evening with" performance Friday.

The Four Freshmen

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $33-$38. (727) 587-6793.

Drawing from the traditions of barbershop quartets, top vocal group the Four Freshmen made America warm and fuzzy in the '50s. Even Brian Wilson has said FF's harmonic chord choices greatly influenced the Beach Boys sound. Though the group's last original member Bob Flanigan retired in 1992, the vocal quartet (whose members also play guitar, trumpet, bass and drums) lives on with his endorsement. They'll perform hits like Day by Day, Graduation Day and It's a Blue World, as well as Christmas favorites Sunday. The group's last two visits to Largo sold out.

Carole Liparoto can be reached at

, Steve Earle

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $34-$50. (813) 248-9500.

The grizzled songwriter emerged as a songwriting force in 1970s Nashville before breaking out as a solo artist in the '80s with hits like Guitar Town and Copperhead Road. At 56, Earle is as prolific as ever. He's still an acclaimed Americana artist, but these days he may be better known for his political activism and roles on David Simon's HBO series The Wire and Treme, for which he also writes music. Plus, he has a debut novel I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, which is also the title of Earle's latest album, which last week received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. Earle performs a solo acoustic show with his wife, Allison Moorer.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

Also playing

Kira Small and Bryan Beller Fri. 9 p.m. Café Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.

Wet Nurse Fri. 10 p.m. With Florida Night Heat. The Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 247-1785.

Country Rocks the Canyon Sat. 2 p.m. Featuring Eric Church, Justin Moore, Colt Ford, Michael Ray, more. Rock Crusher Canyon, 237 S Rock Crusher Road, Homosassa. $30-$67. (352) 586-6886.

Rebekah Pulley Sat. 8 p.m. With Lauris Vidal. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.

12 Stones Sat. 7 p.m. With Nine Mile Drive, Devil Made Microphones, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

SoundCheck: Jingle Ball, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, The Four Freshman, Loretta Lynn 12/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 3:30am]
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