PAM TAYLOR BAND Local blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Pam Taylor plows through straight-up blues, to be sure, but she also can turn a trick or two with groove-laden rock. Taylor channels Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, and while not quite up to their evolved levels, she writes original tunes that won her the Loaf's Readers Pick for "Best Local Songwriter" this year. This is Taylor's CD release gig for her new recording, Hot Mess, which also features sinewy sax lines weaving in and out of the tracks. As a wise man once said, support your local guitar slingers. With Riyen Roots & the Family Tree Band. $8-$10. Dec. 21, 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. 704-376-1446.