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    Elvis Costello Brings Nashville to New York

    If you closed your eyes during the Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes show Wednesday night, you might have thought you were at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry -- instead of New York City's newly glitzified Beacon Theater. Costello and his six-piece band of country virtuosos -- including Jerry Douglas on Dobro and Jim Lauderdale on backing vocals – began by ripping through Merle Haggard's "Tonight, the Bottle Let Me Down," Costello's "Complicated Shadows" (a tune originally penned for Johnny Cash), and about a dozen other yee-hah gems from the group's fiddle-friendly new album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. The record had debuted at a lucky No. 13 on the Billboard chart that morning, so Costello was in the mood to entertain -- and, at times, dazzle -- the crowd. "Some call that number unlucky," he said.

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    Elvis Costello: 'Secret & Profane' in NYC

    Elvis Costello celebrated the release of his new album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, Tuesday night with a rare solo acoustic show at an Irish dive bar in lower Manhattan for a liquored-up crowd of 150 or so radio contest winners and adoring fans. The New Wave era's most talented and prolific songwriter set the tone for his 10-tune set by quoting advice his bandleader father gave him many years ago: "He said to imagine your name on the magical marquee of Carnegie Hall....

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