Once again, the City Paper’s annual Music Issue will shine a spotlight on the Lowcountry's best musicians with the City Paper Music Awards. After an open nomination process that ended a few weeks back — sorry guys, you missed your chance to nominate your faves — City Paper staffers gathered the results and came up with up to five artists per category in 23 categories, from Song of the Year to Drummer of the Year. Readers can cast their votes here between Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.
The support continues to pour in for Nick Collins, vocalist and guitarist for Fowler’s Moustache, who was involved in a serious car accident on Aug. 3. Luke Cunningham and his band recently returned from a tour with Donavon Frankenreiter, and Cunningham says that when he heard about Collins’ accident, it got his mind racing about what he could do to help. In April, Cunningham and his band recorded a live set for the Bridge at 105.5. The result: A previously unreleased download of “Songs about California” is now available for purchase with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Collins’ recovery fund. You can download “Songs About California” from iTunes. —Katie Kimsey
Before suffering a health scare this past winter, local singer-songwriter Mac Leaphart planned to move to Nashville with good friend and musician John Satterfield. However, that plan was delayed when Leaphart underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. Since then, he’s been on a slow-but-steady road to recovery. Today, though, Leaphart has fully recovered and is ready to leave Charleston.
After considering both Nashville and Austin, Leaphart and Satterfield settled on Music City. “From my encounters, it seems like people tend to go about music in a very organized way in Nashville,” says Leaphart, who is currently working on a new album. “It’s their job and they go to work to write music, nine to five. I find that to be a very positive thing.”
Leaphart says his relocation is less about leaving than it is about progressing. “After these five years in Charleston, I’ve found a very supportive musical community, but it’s time for chapter two,” he says. He plans to maintain strong ties to Charleston and will be playing in the Holy City frequently. Catch him Oct. 23 at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley. — Libby Conwell
The Clams Casino produced the first single, “Still Ridin.” An official video, directed by 5 Dollaz, has garnered attention this month on YouTube, DJBooth.net, and PremiereHipHop.com. Other contributing producers include DJ Cas, Mykal Star, Clams Casino, Johnny Juliano, and Sam King. Guest performers on the album include Benjamin Starr, Stranger Day, Ben Fagan, Kodak, aColorWar, Lexa L’Terra, and Vinny Cha$e.
According to Righchus, the overall theme of Black Cradles is aimed at the heart of the "new generation" of hip-hop. “I want to lyrically speak to this new generation of hip-hop rocking in black cradle — hence the title of this project,” he stated in a recent press release. “I am thrilled to know that my fans are checking for Black Cradles. Hopefully, they won’t be disappointed.”