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Jeff Plankenhorn

Jeff Plankenhorn

Saturday, Aug. 17, Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $7, plus any applicable service fee.

When Jeff Plankenhorn, arguably one of the busiest and most highly regarded guitar players on the Austin music scene, tells you that he “hardly ever takes sideman gigs anymore," take it with a grain of salt.

Yes, it’s true he’s made a concerted effort to carve out more time for his own solo career ever since issuing his breakout second studio set, 2016's "SoulSlide" — and he aims to find even more of that “me time” come the 2018 release of his new album, "Sleeping Dogs" on Spike Steel Records.

But as far as scaling back on the whole sideman thing goes ... bear in mind that there’s a big difference between “hardly ever” and never. Namely, the former still leaves the guy just enough wiggle room to happily say “yes” when legends (and friends) on the level of Ray Wylie Hubbard or the Flatlanders need a can-do guitar man for a sold-out theater engagement.

Or, say, when fellow A-list Austin sideman “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb — the MVP co-producer of Sleeping Dogs — finds out he can’t make it to a very special Johnny Nicholas gig in Hawaii, and asks “Plank” if he’d be up for subbing for him.

Who in their right mind is going to say no to that?

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