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There is an inherent familiarity about Southern Comfort, the latest record from renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter. Sometimes it appears in obvious ways. For example, there's her funky take on the Hank Williams classic "Honky Tonkin'." Airing the song's famous melody over a strutting drum beat and gently punchy bass line, Carter's violin - calling it a fiddle might be more apropos in this rustic setting - rambles woozily, evoking - mimicking, even - the country-music godfather's playful drawl. That performance will likely draw smiles and knowing nods when Carter and her band appear at the Flynn MainStage this Friday, May 30, as part of the 2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

"That one always gets the crowd going," says Carter in a recent phone interview with Seven Days. "It's just a fun song to play, and it's always nice to give the audience something they'll know." READ THE FULL Seven Days INTERVIEW.