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Published on November 26th, 2012 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene, Nov. 26

Darius and Company Sell Out the PAC

Lowcountry-based songwriter Darius Rucker (pictured above) has spent most of the last five years exploring a new career in contemporary country music. He’s recorded three solo albums, collaborated with numerous country, Americana, and pop artists, and performed more than a few benefit concerts and charity events.

On Tues. Nov/ 27, Rucker teams up with fellow country artists Rodney Atkins and Josh Turner for an in-the-round performance at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The event is part of WEZL’s “Evening with the Stars” showcase and fundraiser designed to raise funds for MUSC’s Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. Atkins is a veteran country singer with a new disc titled Take a Back Road (the title track became his sixth number-one single of his career). Turner is a top-selling singer/songwriter with a new bluegrass-tinged album titled Punching Bag.

Rucker was inducted into Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in October. His new collection True Believers will be release on January 22 via Capitol Records Nashville. The concert at the PAC is officially sold out. Visit and for more.

The Explorers Club (Matthew Carter)

The Explorers Club (Matthew Carter)

Art-Pop for How Art Thou? Cafe

Members of Charleston retro pop-rock band the Explorers Club will partner with local songwriter Joel T. Hamilton (a.k.a. one-man band Mechanical River) for an outdoor benefit concert on James Island at the How Art Thou? Cafe (next to the Terrace Theatre at 1956 Maybank Hwy.). The parking lot gig is set for 8 p.m. on Sat. Dec. 1. The event is designed raise funds and awareness for A-21, a campaign which targets human trafficking. Check and for more info.

The Winter Sounds Get Synthy at the Tin Roof

New Orleans-based indie-pop band Winter Sounds returns to the Tin Roof on Sun. Dec. 2 behind an acclaimed new disc titled Runner (due on Nov. 27). Fronted by nomadic songsmith Patrick Keenan, a restless songwriter who bounces from city to city every few years, the Winter Sounds keep reinventing their dancey, electronic-leaning style. Produced by Scott Solter (Spoon, St. Vincent, Okkervil River), Runner incorporates heavy synth and vintage New Wave sounds into a guitar-based foundation. Click for a list of new videos and tunes. Charleston’s Modern Man will dish out “darkwave garage psychedelia” in an opening set on Dec. 2. Admission is $5. See for more.

Carolina Chocolate Drops Return with Leaving Eden

Durham, N.C.-based acoustic combo the Carolina Chocolate Drops return to Charleston on Wed. Dec. 5 for a show at the Music Farm. Singers, string players, and founding members Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens will be on hand alongside recently enlisted percussionist Adam Matta and other guests. Their latest release, Leaving Eden (produced by Nashville sideman/songsmith Buddy Miller), features news original compositions, covers, and traditional songs. Vaudevillian acoustic duo Two Man Gentlemen Band — sharply-dressed guitarist Andy Bean and dapper bassist Fuller Condon — share the bill (shout out for their ditties about President Taft and fancy beer). Advance tickets are available for $17. See and for more.

Juliette Neil Celebrates ‘South Cackalack’

Charleston-based singer/songwriter Juliette Neil, a native of Coward, S.C., is set to release her solo debut next week. Formerly of the bands Low Soul and Lost Highway, Neil recently recorded a new batch of twangy country-pop originals under the title Better Late Than Never. The video for the album’s first single “South Cackalack” — an syrupy novelty tune about her favorite hotspots in her home state — will be shown during a “video premiere party” portion of her CD release show at the Music Farm on Fri. Dec. 7. Country-rock quartet Adalya opens at 9 p.m. Visit for who info and for more a sample of “South Cackalack.”

Top photo by Jim Wright.




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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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