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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – what’s in a name, anyway?

Jeff Snow Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is Joshua Epstein, left, and Daniel Zott. The duo debuts in Tahoe at 7 p.m. Saturday in Harrah's South Shore Room.

The Temptations wrote about “tracks of my tears,” but nearly a half-century later the city that produced Motown is getting a good look at the tracks of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

“You can do anything because the band’s name is so nonsensical,” said Daniel Zott, who with Joshua Epstein are the duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

The band produced three quick radio hits out of Zott’s Detroit basement with a simple mind-set.

“This was something we did for fun and there was no pressure, and I think there’s something to be said about that,” Zott said. “It’s worked out better than anything we’ve ever done. Just make sure we are having a good time and are enjoying the songs, and that’s about it.”

The songs are the key, and let the pundits call it what they will. Thus far, that category is alternative pop, and Zott’s cool with it.

“Bands are afraid to be called pop for some reason, and I like pop music,” he said, longing for the days when the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel could simply all be painted with the same pop brush, played on the same pop station.

“So I’d like our music to be called pop and I’d like it to be right next to any other band that has a song that people like and is popular,” he said. “If there were no labels there would be more room to compete, and (bands) would not stay in one niche.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is on tour with Fitz and the Tantrums and will debut at Tahoe at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

After the Tahoe show the duo will visit Los Angeles to headline a show at the Echoplex and to appear on “Conan.”

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