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Catch a rising star

St. Petersburg singer-songwriter John Land keeps it simple on Found, his debut disc. Land cites innovative folkie Richard Thompson as an influence and the sound is similar on Celtic-tinged numbers such as The Faire and I Met A Lass.

Land picks a guitar as nicely as he croons. He's a darned good songwriter, too, with keen insights into seduction, workplace crushes, jealousy, spiritual matters, even horses. In other words, Land runs the gamut, gives it his all, and leaves you satisfied.

Good news: Land's currently recording a follow-up disc in Nashville, but this weekend, catch him right here.

John Land performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Java Jane, 2908{ Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free.

_ GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic