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Published on January 21st, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


The Punch List with Kevin Church

Metronome Charleston‘s weekly Punch List puts local musicians on the spot with a questionnaire that touches on music, venues, gear, records, vices, and more. This week, singer/songwriter and habitual collaborator Kevin Church takes a turn.

1. What is your favorite local hang and why?

“My favorite place to perform and see my family is Toast of Charleston. Not to downplay other places I perform because we all have a good rapport, but the management at Toast wanted to help me release a live recording and did so.”

2. You know you’ve played an excellent show when…

“When people make a point to approach you and purchase your music. Then tell you that they are going to tell everyone about it.”

3. What was the last show you attended that really got you fired up in a good or bad way?

“I saw Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt just singing their own songs on stage at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.”

4. Define your musical style in exactly 10 words.

“Alternative Country Blues…” [ed. note: that ain’t quite 10 words]


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5. What’s your theme song?

“The Call Me The Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd: “I keep rollin down the road … I love the JJ Cale version because it drives and says it simply about being a musician on the go.”

6. Gear-wise, what’s is your irreplaceable baby?

“I love my Martin 00015. I lost my 1961 Gibson J-50 on a flight to Key West, but that’s a different story.”

7. What’s the most overplayed album in your collection?

“Either Rubber Soul by the Beatles or The Complete Hank Williams Sr. — the 10-disc set. I love Rubber Soul for the melodies, instrumentation, and song sequencing. The Hank Williams set is always great for storytelling and the words of choice he used to tell them. His melodies are great with the words that are direct yet fresh. Sometimes I think they’re still fresher than most of the tunes I’ve heard recorded over the last 50 years. I also hear something new pop out in a riff or a melody in those songs.”

8. When was the last time you were genuinely star-struck?

“Not sure. One time I can think of is seeing an intoxicated Ty Pennington at Roberts Western World in Nashville then watching the women flock to him was entertaining. A lot of pictures were being taken.”

9. What’s your poison?

“Bullet Rye Whiskey on the rocks.”

10. In 10 years, I will be…

“Continuing to write and produce music for my friends and fans alike.”

Kevin Church is a native of Gastonia, N.C. He’s been performing as a professional musician for more than 17 years. He relocated to Charleston from the Charlotte area in 2008 and began performing regularly around town. His sets include a variety of classic country, folk, Americana, and power-pop. His debut solo album, 2010’s A Little Change, reflected his array of styles.

Church performs at the Kickin’ Chicken in Mt. Pleasant on Fri. Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. and at the Blind Tiger on Broad Street on Thurs. Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. Church performs every Wednesday at 10 p.m. at Wet Willies on East Bay Street as well.

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About the Author

Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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