Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mellow Gold at the Folly Beach Brew Pub

Jack Burg’s solo show digs deep

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Jack Burg as Punks & Snakes at the Folly Beach Brew Pub
Whenever I think of a one-man band handling drums, guitar, and vocals all at once, I think of the late, great Hasil “The Haze” Adkins, the wild-eyed rockabilly lunatic from West Virginia.

Charleston musician Jack Burg’s one-man act is a much gentler and more melodic affair. Billed as Punks & Snakes at the cozy Folly Beach Brew Pub on Center Street last Friday (July 29), Burg sat nestled in a corner by the front window, surrounded by small amplifiers, an oversized high-hat, a psychedelic bass drum, two vintage guitars, and a cheap keyboard.

He played through two sets of obscure pop tunes, “mellow gold” ’70s hits, and original ballads, keeping time with his feet while strumming and singing. With all four limbs in action, it was a tricky endeavor, but Burg pulled it off. He even stumbled through a few guitar solos with a cheerful sense of recklessness. A small crowd of Burg’s old bandmates, friends, and family cheered him on. One cute older couple even danced their best ballroom steps in the limited floor space during the songs they recognized. Highlights included slow-swingin’ renditions of Paul Simon’s “Slip-Slidin’ Away,” Prince’s “When You Were Mine,” and a few Beatles standards.

The star of the show remarked afterward, “The one-man band situation is starting to feel pretty good. I know I have a long way to go. I have an entirely new and enormous amount of respect for my friends who do solo and duo gigs and sing for three hours. That shit is exhausting.”

Today, we heard that Burg is already booked for another gig at the venue on Fri. Sept. 16. He’ll likely outgrow this spot as his amusing set of one-hit-wonders expands. I hope he covers some Hasil Adkins before he does.

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