Published on July 25th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann0
Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene
Sadler Vaden on Letterman with Jason Isbell
Summerville native and longtime Charleston musician Sadler Vaden — currently of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ and formerly of local band Leslie — has been on the road this summer playing guitar with Americana/rock songwriter Jason Isbell. They performed a sold-out show at the Pour House on July 5. They also made an appearance on the Late Show with Dave Letterman on CBS July 23. Local fans, friend, and family were delighted to see Isbell, Vaden, and the backing band performing the song “Stockholm” from Isbell’s critically acclaimed new album Southeastern.
Patrick Davis Headlines the ‘Listening Room Series’
Awendaw Green and Suncoast Promotions will present yet another installment of their “Charleston Listening Room Series” at the Circular Congregational Church this week. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Patrick Davis (a native of the upstate town of Camden, pictured above) will headline a show on Fri. July 26 behind his latest disc, The Cuts, Vol. 1, an EP that follows his full-length albums Chances Are and Numbers.
“From the very first moment I stepped on a stage, I knew I loved playin’ in front of an audience, but it wasn’t until I started writing my own songs that I realized I had the ability to give back something completely honest and personal to that audience,” Davis states in a recent press release. “For me, there is absolutely nothing like the feeling of performing my songs in front of a bar room, theater, or even an arena filled with a captive live audience.”
Charleston-based acoustic duo Sittin’ in a Tree — comprised of Wendy Crisp and Mark Bryan (of Hootie & The Blowfish, Occasional Milkshake) — are set to open the concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 ($15 in advance). Visit patrickdavismusic.com and awendawgreen.com for more.
Not Quite the Same As It Ever Was
One of the more popular tribute bands to regularly land on the Pour House schedule, Knoxville, Tennessee’s Same As It Ever Was usually deliver slightly jammy versions of Talking Heads hits and deep cuts — from the band’s late-’70s art/punk material to the early MTV era hits like “Once in a Lifetime” (the song from which Same As It Ever Was draws its name), “Burning Down the House,” “And She Was,” and “Road to Nowhere.”
Led by blue-haired frontman Curtis Gergen, the band returns to the Pour House this week for a two-night stint on Fri. July 26 and Sat. July 27. Here’s a twist: they’ll perform one entire set of songs by Ween instead of the Talking Heads during the Friday night show. Expect an eclectic mix of vintage and weird selections by the spiral-eyed duo of Gene and Dean Ween in the set list. Admission to the Friday show is $12 ($10 in advance). A two-night package deal is available for $17 in advance as well. Visit Same As It Ever Was’ Facebook page and charlestonpourhouse.com for more.
All Get Out’s Nathan Hussey Releases Solo Debut
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Nathan Hussey might be best known as the frontman for veteran Charleston alt-rock band All Get Out, but he’s soon to make a splash as a solo songsmith as well. Hussey will independently release his solo debut album Ground Me on Tues. Aug. 6.
Hussey tracked and mixed the new 10-song collection in his home studio in June. It will be available digitally for now. The lead single, an acoustic guitar-driven anthem titled “Angry Men,” debuted online this week at SceneSC.com via Hussey’s Soundcloud page.
Holler Takes ’em Back in Time
Lindsay Holler (of local projects Western Polaroids, Oh Ginger, Matadero) recently announced the final official lineup for “Back to the ’90s at the Tin Roof” — a thematic local showcase at the Tin Roof set for Sun. July 28.
A variety of local musicians will perform songs recorded and released within the 1990-’95 time frame — anything from the pop, R&B, and hip-hop hits of the early ’90s to hippie-rock H.O.R.D.E. fare and indie-rock staples. The roster includes Holler, Rayanne Graff (Nicholas Doyle), Jimmy Snyder, Glowgoyle, Laura Jane Vincent, the Harrows (with Hazel Ketchum), Aaron Levy, the Hibachi Heroes, Vikki Matsis and Lee Barbour, Maya Morrill, John Heinson, Joel Hamilton with Stephanie Underhill and Sarah Bandy, and more.
Art-Rock in Columbia
Two Charleston-based indie bands — Co. (a.k.a. Company) and Sans Jose — are set to share a four-band bill at the Arts & Draughts bash in Columbia on Fri. Aug. 2. Presented by the Columbia Museum of Art at its facilities at 1515 Main Street in Columbia, the event will simultaneously celebrate local craft beer, indie music, and visual art Steven Naifeh from 7-11 p.m. Columbia power trio the Unawares and Athens, Ga.-based rock duo Brothers complete the bill. Carolina Brewery will showcase several seasonal ales as well. Tickets are available for $8. Check out columbiamuseum.org/artsanddraughts/4-1 for more.
The Cordovans Complete a Quick Kickstarter
Charleston-based country/Americana-rock trio the Cordovans recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording, mixing, and production of their latest studio project. Singer/guitarists Beau Johnson and Billy New and drummer Nick Danger recently recorded six new originals at Mantis Studios under the title One of These Days. The EP is now available for pre-order. “You’ll hear songs about unrequited love, summer heat waves, the great treasure state of Montana, and more,” says the band on its Kickstarter page.
The Cordovans will perform at Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island on Sun. Aug. 11 from 7-10 p.m. (for free). Visit facebook.com/thecordovans for more.
Johnny Puke Books Two Local Heavies for Annual Birthday Bash
Veteran Charleston musician, singer, bartender, and promoter Johnny Puke (formerly of punk band Cletus) has been hosting punk-fueled birthday bashes for years — from his old days at Cumberland’s on King Street to his latest digs at the Tin Roof in West Ashley. On Sat. Aug. 17, the annual “Johnny Puke Birthday Bash” returns to the Roof for the third year in a row with two local metal/rock bands on the bill: the three-piece Childrens Choir and garage/punk quartet Bully Pulpit. Previous bashes have featured the Queers, Hot Water Music, Joey Cape (of Lagwagon), and HR (of the Bad Brains).
“We’re doing a more locally based birthday bash this year,” Puke says. “Every touring band I know has ended up on Pukkelpop in Belgium the same weekend. The list of people who were booked for this since last fall then, one-by-one, fell out is staggering. The Choir are local legends and never play anywhere as intimate as the Tin Roof, so I’m hoping we will pack it. I put Bully Pulpit on supporting because they are my favorite local band right now.”
Admission to the show is $8. A healthy portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (a.k.a. “Hopeline”), a suicide prevention charity.
Rockers 4 Knockers: Local Bands Can Sign Up to Help Out
The local Music Initiative organization and its partner This Is Noteworthy (TIN) are currently enlisting local bands for the third annual Rockers 4 Knockers event on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. Rockers for Knockers, Inc., Southern Eagle, Bud Light, and Goose Island Honkers plan to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Lowcountry and Integrative Cancer Care organizations and promote breast cancer awareness at the all-day pub crawl set for Sun. Oct. 13. Local singer/songwriter Elise Testone and her band are set to headline.
The Music Initiative/TIN will produce a “live-to-tape” version of their local music television program Eclectic Evenings at the event as well. Bands interested in participating may submit songs, photographs, and descriptions about how they have been affected by any type of cancer to Carrie Cranford at email@example.com. Submissions will be accepted between now and Aug 15. Check out themusicinitiative.com and rockers4knockers.com for info.
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