The Vendors play redneck 1970s bar music — the type of gritty, hungover realism that the Drive By Truckers have built their career on. The Vendors strive to achieve that elusive blend of blue-collar poignancy with their music, a fairly even mixture of country and rock, and they’re largely successful in chasing down their Tom Petty dreams. Tunes such as the midtempo barroom lament, “Running Out” and the romantic yearnings of the shuffling, “Don’t Kick It on Down the Road,” from their 2012 EP release, “Lake,” are spirited just-got-off-work contemplations that like to flirt with the waitress as they order another round. The Vendors crack open their boiler-making honky-tonk on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Cary Street Café. If you go, be sure to get there early to catch the opening set by the equally impressive, Richmond Americana trio Red Light Rodeo. Doors open at 10 p.m. Free. carystreetcafe.com.