Tift Merritt has the bona fide potential to be the ol’ time country equivalent of the stunning Norah Jones, or the more reluctant, but equally devastating blues siren Susan Tedeschi. With a beautiful voice cut from organic simplicity and capable of leaving goose bumps with any crowd, Merritt is ready for the mainstream if the mainstream is ready for Merritt. Meanwhile, Dave Wilson, a member of Merritt’s fine Carbines, leads Chatham County Line, Raleigh’s bluegrass apex. If you’ve never been so fortunate as to hear Merritt croon the night away in that captivating warble, that’s your first sin. If you don’t own Chatham County Line’s brilliant debut on Bonfire Records, that’s sin number two. If you miss this show…;hell in a handbasket, people. For more information, visit lincolntheatre.com or call 814-2111. Doors, 9 p.m.