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Published on March 21st, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene


Hooded Eagle at the Tin Roof (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Hooded Eagle Claws to the Top of the Third Round of 98 Rock’s ‘Locals at the Roof’

The third round of Charleston’s 98 Rock’s month-long “Locals Rock the Roof’ series on March 18 featured three more local contestants — veteran punk combo Hybrid Mutants (missing one guitarist), acoustic bar-rock duo Acoustic Rejects, and sludgy metal four-piece Hooded Eagle (with a brand-new guitarist). Metronome Charleston was there with their judge sheets alongside radio personality Box, musician/studio wiz Eric Rickert, and the Tin Roof team.

It was a last-minute scramble for the organizers to secure bands on the bill, but things came together well by showtime. Hooded Eagle played the last of the night and came out with the top score. Congrats to all three acts. Round Four will features Volusia, Marytre, and Half Way Down on Mon. March 25 at 8 p.m.

The winners of each round will square off at the Tin Roof during the finals on Mon. April 1. Prizes for the top winners included recording time and CD production at Charleston Sound, a $1,000 gift card at Encore Music, a live recording courtesy of Encore Music, airplay on 98 Rock, and a headlining gig at the Tin Roof. Visit for more.


Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels and Rope (photo courtesy of Third Man Records)

Shovels and Rope Release Single on Third Man Records

On March 19, Rolling Stone posted a blurb online announcing that Jack White’s Third Man Records is planning to release a new Shovels and Rope single this spring as part of its “Blue Series.” Available on April 2, the single will feature Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent doing renditions of Bruce Springsteen’s “Johnny 99” and Tom Waits’ “Bad as Me.” The tracks are available now for pre-sale on the Third Man website.

Shovels and Rope have a busy touring schedule ahead of them this spring and summer — from the West Coast and Canada through the Southeast and the U.K. and back. Visit for more.

New Bushels Tunes Ready for Release

Local acoustic Americana combo the Bushels — banjo player Guilds Hollowell, mandolinist/guitarist Mal Jones, guitarist/harmonica player Jim Algar, and bassist pianist Whitt Algar (pictured above) — dabble in traditional bluegrass, mountain music, and country-rock on their forthcoming, self-titled studio album. Recorded by local engineer Mitch Webb at Mantis Studios, the new songs seem more amped-up than usual.

The quartet is se to perform at the Charleston Bluegrass Festival at Sewee Outpost on Sat. April 6. They’ll open for N.Y.-based roots-rock band Yarn at the Alley (on Columbus Street) on Sat. April 13 as part of the DIG South Fest. Visit for more.


Bridge Run Jams: On Disc and Along the Way

The organizers of this year’s Cooper River Bridge Run recently partnered with the local Music Initiative team and its partner This Is Noteworthy (TIN) to put together the Rock-n-Rollin’ Bridge Run. Based on the nation-wide Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, the new event is designed to feature live musical performances along the race route on the morning of Sat. April 6, from the starting point on Coleman Blvd. in Mt, Pleasant to the finish line on Meeting Street at Marion Square.

Music Initiative/TIN also compiled Run With Me: 2013 Official Cooper River Bridge Run Bands, a 21-track album of participating bands. The CD is currently on sale for $10.

Each of the 21 bands will be featured along the racecourse. The acts include College Lounge, Schema, Irene Rose, Hibachi Heroes, Savage Tongues, Forrest Baldwin, DTSMB, Heartfelt Hinges, Heyrocco, Salem Lake, Synergy, Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work, Bad Drew Baldwin, Jefferson Coker Band, Lionz of Zion, Yellowknife, Will Hastings, the Grand Folks, Luke Cunningham, Call Momma Band, and Tyler Boone.

Proceeds from this will benefit Music Initiative/TIN as well as the bands and the Cooper River Bridge Run charities. Check out and for more.

Rachel Kate and Antoine Dukes (photo by Jessica Mickey)

Rachel Kate and Antoine Dukes (photo by Jessica Mickey)

Rachel & Antoine Play Mondays at the Pour House

Local songsmiths Rachel Kate (a.k.a. Rachel Kate Gillon) and Antoine Dukes will perform on the Pour House deck stage every Monday evening in April. Gillon and Dukes have been collaborating as a tag-team duo over the fall and winter months, switching back and forth between guitar, drums, and singing duties throughout sets of originals and peculiar covers (old-school country, blues, swing, vaudevillian standards, etc.).

Doors to the deck open at 4 p.m. and the music starts shortly after 5 p.m. Admission is free. Check out,, and for more.

The Fifth Annual Strap-On Face Funk Is Solid 

Charleston drummer Stratton Moore (Yellowknife, Folly Beach Reggae Allstars, etc.) heads to Europe for a visit this week, but he’ll back next month in time to present the fifth annual Strap-On Face Funk showcase at the Pour House on Sat. April 27. Designed as an all-day/all-night funk/soul party, the event will start on the deck stage at 3 p.m. with performances by the Folly Beach Reggae Allstars, Yellowknife, and Shonuff. At 9 p.m., the main stage will kick into action with sets by Gaslight Street, Old You, the Dead 27’s and special guests.

“It’s six of the Southeast’s funkiest bands gettin’ down for your ass-shakin’ pleasure on the deck and in the house,” says Moore. Admission to the deck shows is $5, and it’s $10 for an all-night pass. Visit and for more.


Young-Mi Hosts Jam Sessions at the Surf Bar

Speaking of Old You, front-lady Young-Mi Feldsott will host several special open mic-styled jam sessions at the Surf Bar on Folly Beach (103 W. Cooper Ave.) in April. The “Sunday Sessions” will feature members of Old You, their close colleagues, and other cats in the local scene on Sun. April 14 and Sun. April 28 from 9 p.m. ’til late. “This is my new project, and everyone is invited,” Feldsott says. “Please come support your local musicians It’s going to be an amazing time.”

Feldsott and her Old You bandmates — drummer John Pope, bassist Paul San Luis, and lead guitarist Caleb Bodtorf — recently mixed and mastered the final tracks and mixes of a forthcoming studio album at Truphonic Recording in West Ashley with engineer Majeed “MJ” Fick at the helm.

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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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