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Published on July 18th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Tin Roof Revisits the ‘Beatles vs. Stone’ Debate with a Showcase

It’s been nearly five years since the Tin Roof hosted a collaborative “Beatles vs. Stones” showcase on its main stage. On Sept. 13, 2009, the venue organized a fundraiser for a friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

It was a wild, joyful night with members of the V-Tones, Quasiphonics, Leslie, Kentucky Shoes, Guilt Ridden Troubadour, the Defilers, and other local groups banging out killer covers of their favorite Beatles or Stones hits and obscurities.

Some of the stand-out performers included Cary Ann Hearst, Mac Leaphart, Tyler Ross, Joel Hamilton, Owen Beverly, and Laura Jane Vincent. There was plenty of genuine rock enthusiasm on stage and in the audience — a big blast with a great mix of performers — many of whom had never shared the stage before.


The idea to revisit the theme popped back up this summer when Lindsay Holler and Tin Roof owner Erin Tyler brainstormed on putting this show together again. They’ve booked the “Beatles vs. Stones” for Sun. July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Tin Roof with another diverse local lineup.

“Both bands have such great catalogs to pull from,” Holler says. “With such iconic songs, it’s fun for the bands to play and for the audience to enjoy and sing along. I’m glad that the song choices are pretty even. I’d like to maybe do a big jam at the end of the night; a rendition of ‘Get By With A Little Help From My Friends,’ maybe?”

As an accomplished songwriter and bandleader, Holler knows her way around various musical styles and band situations — from Americana-ish pop and blues to heavier experimental rock, punk-soul, and jazzy detours. As far as the Beatles vs. Stones debate goes, she has preference.

“I’m a Stones girl, myself,” she says. “I grew up listening to the Rolling Stones more than the Beatles. The Stones just defined rock ‘n’ roll for me. All swagger.”

As of this weekend, the acts confirmed for the show on Sunday include the Jimmy Snyder Experience, Glowgoyle, Maya Morrill, the Fairy God Muthas & Friends, Aaron Levy, Vikki Matsis, Hibachi Heroes, and Holler and company. Each act will play selections from both or either the Stones’ and or Beatles’ catalogs.

“It’s a pretty even mix right now,” Holler says. “Last time, things skewed a little more towards the Beatles, so I’m happy to see the Stones getting some love.”

Holler’s top three Beatles tunes:

• “Blackbird” (“The first Beatles song I ever heard.”)
• “Eleanor Rigby” (“Great story!”)
• “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (“Beautiful Harrison song, great title!”)

Holler’s top three Stones tunes:

• “No Expectations” (“The first Stones song I ever learned.”)
• “Wild Horses” (“With my man Gram Parsons!”)
• “Shine A Light” (“I love Exile on Main Street so much as an album … excellent closing song!”)

Admission for the “Beatles vs. Stones” show on Sun. July 20 is $7 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the ASPCA. Visit facebook.com/lindsay.holler.5 and reverbnation.com/venue/tinroofwashley for more.

Top photo by Ballard Lesemann.



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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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