Their highly anticipated, self-produced studio album, O’ Be Joyful, is officially due for release on July 31 on the Dualtone label. Hearst and Trent will return to town for a CD release show presented by their local collective Shrimp Records at the Pour House on Sat. Aug. 18 with the Winter Sounds and Magic Mike on the bill.
Lead singer/guitarist Darius Rucker, lead guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber, and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, and various special guests will hit the stage Aug. 17-18. The Homegrown Concert Series is designed to raise funds and collect back-to-school supplies for the Charleston County School District.
Tickets are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com, and the Family Circle box office by phone at (800) 745-3000. Prices range from $31 for single night general admission to $91 for the two-night top tier package. Children 12 years old or younger may get in for free.
Located at the entrance to Kiawah and Seabrook islands, Freshfields boasts a sizeable green space that’s ideal for such events. Music on the Green continues on Fri. June 8 with Congdon & Company, an ensemble handling jazzy rock, beach, disco, R&B, and vintage Top 40.
“The titled is for someone who was very dear to us and instrumental in our music and careers,” says lead singer/guitarist Tyler Mechem. “He was the first person to take a chance on us five years ago. He was a great champion of our music every day after that.” In 2010, Crowfield signed with Universal Records and the William Morris Endeavor Agency, but the record deal was short-lived. “When we got dropped by Universal last year, Johnny was there, making sure it didn’t break up the band or dampen our spirits,” Mechem says.”
Through a recent Kickstarter.com campaign, the band raised nearly $20,000 to finance The Diamond Sessions. Mechem and his bandmates already have a busy touring schedule in the summer and fall. Mechem, guitarist Micah Nichols, bassist Ethan Ricks, keyboardist Whitt Algar, and drummer Parker Gins recorded the album over the winter and spring at Black Dog Studios in Atlanta with acclaimed engineer Rick Beato.
The band will celebrate the release of the 12-song collection with a two-night stint at the Windjammer on June 22-23 with support from N.C. band American Aquarium and other guests. Visit crowfieldmusic.com for more.
Band of Horses issued Infinite Arms, in 2010 and earned rave reviews and acclaim. Bridwell and the band head down to two major music festivals in Brazil this month before gearing up for a massive North American summer tour with My Morning Jacket. The trip begins in Colorado on Aug. 8 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater with support from Trombone Shorty.
The closest the MMJ/Horses tour will get to Charleston will be on Fri. Aug. 24 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Atlanta, Ga.; on Sat. Aug. 25 at the Time Warner Amphitheater in Charlotte, N.C.; and on Sun. Aug. 26 at the Raleigh Amphitheater in Raleigh, N.C.