It's been two West Coast tours ago and a year of recording since we've heard any new music from Old You, but that'll change next week when Young-Mi Feldsott and company release their new collection of dark-edged psychedelic jazz, Whale Sounds. The new disc marks the band's first professional recording and follow-up to 2012's So Steady EP.
"This album is really a token of gratitude for our fans, friends, and family," explains Old You singer Young-Mi Feldsott. "We couldn't have imagined this two years ago when we were practicing in my garage."
Once Whale Sounds is out, Feldsott and her Old You bandmates — John Pope (drums), Paul San Luis (bass), and Caleb Bodtorf (guitar) — will be hitting the road to promote their new LP. "The cool thing is that no matter where we go or who we play to, there's something for everyone," says Feldsott. "If we've done our job right, by the end of the show your hair will stand on its ends."
Old You's album release party will take place Fri. Dec. 13 at the Pour House. Tickets are $8, and the show starts at 9 p.m.
"Dingy," the new video from Charleston-based Elim Bolt (Johnnie Matthews, Jessica Oliver, Jordan Hicks, Christian Chidester), is a harrowing tale about a prison break, a high-speed car chase, police brutality, sexual exploration, and ice cream. It's a mixed-up, mescaline masterpiece.
Singer-guitarist Matthews says, "The video was inspired by what basically the song is about: Meeting a girl in another city, visiting her an awful lot, thinking the city is sort of a drag (although it's full of rad people), and trying to convince her to move to what is dreamworld to me."
He adds, "Also, I really wanted to see Jordan in drag."
The goofy video goes perfectly with the manic energy of "Dingy." And it also gave Matthews an opportunity to slap some lipstick on his lips. "I got my inspiration from Taylor Swift," he says. "I read this article in a magazine at the doctor's office about how Ms. Swift loves red lipstick because it makes her feel confident, and I thought it would do the same for me." Judging by the video, it certainly seems to work.
As for the shooting of the video, Matthews says it was a blast. "It was a lot of fun," he says, "but scheduling that many busy people to all come together at once was hard. I'm glad that I have super-rad friends that were willing to give so much time to it."
Matthews was able to make the video on the cheap thanks to his pals. "All and all, the video cost about $400," he says. "Drew Gardener really did me a solid on this one. He shot and edited it all, and I think, did a killer job." We agree.
American Idol Season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze, will share a bill with Charleston's own Tyler Boone on Thurs. Dec. 5 at The Windjammer. Before winning Idol, DeWyze released two indie records with WuLi Records, and he played all the instruments — drums, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano — on his first discs. Singer/songwriter Tyler Boone has opened for some pretty sweet acts including Old Crow Medicine Show, Ben Rector, and the Lowcountry's Danielle Howle. Oh, and this little band called Hootie and the Blowfish. Boone was also nominated for three City Paper Music Awards, and his catchy, acoustic single, "Don't Forget My Name," is currently in rotation on Charleston's 105.5 The Bridge, several radio stations throughout South Carolina, and, get this, 102.1 in San Diego, Calif. Tickets are $10, and since cooler weather means less tourists and traffic, getting to IOP should be a breeze. For more ticket info, visut to the-windjammer.com.
After being mistaken for a Mumford & Sons cover band, the guys in Hilton Head-based Americana act — and frequent Holy City players — Cranford and Sons knew that it was time for a change. And so singer-songwriter John Cranford and crew ditched the old name, picked up a new one (Cranford Hollow), and tweaked their sound for the their new self-titled disc, the follow-up to their 2012 LP.
"The first record was very 'we don't know what the hell we're doing. We didn't have the chops, and we only had nine days to record," Cranford says. "We had nine months with our new record. It's more in-depth, a lot more going on, and the musicianship has improved — maybe."
The gritty sound of the band's first album has been polished thanks to the extra studio time — and the 700 shows the group has played over the last three years — but Cranford's rocky voice still resonates in every song.
"Drop of Whiskey" is a ol' fashioned 1970s country drinking song, and "Martha" is a tale about a ball-busting woman that kills for fun. "Je Suis un Refugee" brings the Celtic stomp of the first album back with Dropkick Murphy-like fiddles.
"Some people are confused with the new album because it sounds different than out first, that it's good but not 'us,'" Cranford says. "But fans still come to us to say they put it in their stereo and never take it out. We've just amplified some aspects from the first album for this one."
TRIBUTE | Hendrix Birthday Bash
Wed. Nov. 27
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving offers music fans and imbibers a near-perfect opportunity to pre-game with friends before you have to settle down at the dinner table on Turkey Day and gorge yourself on all of that delicious grub. So before you become as full as a tick, you can celebrate the birth of the late, great Jimi Hendrix with City Paper Music Award winners the Dead 27s. The first time the guys played the Pour House they put together a Hendrix set, and it went really well, guitarist Wallace Mullinax says. So make no mistake, these guys know their “Voodoo Chile” from their “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” “We’ll be doing one large set of Hendrix and one shorter set of original stuff,” Mullinax says. The full band will be playing, and the Dead 27s guitarist says they expect to have some special guests. As a fellow six-stringer, Mullinax thinks the opportunity to do a Hendrix set is full of possibilities. “We are trying some material we haven’t really done before, and we’re looking forward to it because it’s out of our comfort zone,” he says. —Corinne Boyer WEDNESDAY
NEW BLUES | Davis Coen
Fri. Nov. 29
Home Team BBQ
Davis Coen may be labeled a blues artist, but that moniker is about as descriptive of his oeuvre as calling something food, because in Coen’s case what he offers is a buffet. Wander over his nine discs and you’ll find loose, rootsy Southern soul, raw acoustic Delta blues, switchback electric blues, old-timey swing, harmonica-laden folk blues, and barroom rave-ups. Coen’s been on the road, guitar in hand or backed by a band, since his teens, and his wide palette seems to be an outgrowth of that boundless existence. He’s not only broadened his sound over the years, but he’s been decidedly prolific, releasing six albums in as many years. They’re all good, going back at least as far as 2007’s Ill Disposition and its album-opening music biz anthem “Busker’s Blues,” where he boils it down: “Brand new corner but the lines are all the same … living with a quarter, feeling like a lousy dime.” His two most recent albums, last year’s Hard Luck Café and this year’s Get Back In, are particularly sharp and feature some keenly drawn portraits. Stand-out tracks include the slinky blues-bluegrass rocker “Brand New Version of the Same Old Thing,” Get Back In’s wistful title track ballad, and the pedal steel country ode, “Good Conversation.” —Chris Parker FRIDAY
’70s ROCK | Cheap Trick
Tues. Dec. 3
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
More than a quarter-century after Cheap Trick’s eponymous debut, the band still delivers a joyous profusion of hooks and power. Formed in the heartland — Rockford, Ill. to be exact — Cheap Trick added a ’70s hard rock throttle to a purring Beatlesque pop engine. Frontman Robin Zander has cock-rock swagger worthy of Robert Plant, but the Cheap Trick frontman has always been more playful than salacious, an attitude echoed in the band’s garb and songs. The hit “Surrender” features the narrator’s parents smoking dope and banging on the couch, “Heaven Tonight” is little more than a come-on, and you probably don’t need a primer to understand what “Stiff Competition” is about. Sometimes Zander and company are like Spinal Tap but with more self-awareness and melody. The first five albums are great, culminating with 1979’s Dream Police and At Budokon, featuring the hit “I Want You to Want Me.” —Chris Parker TUESDAY
MODERN COUNTRY | WEZL Evening with the Stars
w/ Ronnie Dunn, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square
Mon. Dec. 2
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Three national recording country artists are coming together on Monday to raise money for the MUSC Children’s Hospital as part of WEZL’s annual Evening with the Stars concert. The show is hosted by the station’s own TJ Philips and Ric Rush, and every year, the duo gathers a few of country music’s best singer-songwriters and holds an intimate concert where fans can get to know the artists in an informal setting and hear the hits that everyone loves. Rush says, “I think the audience will get to see why country music is really called a family. The interaction is going to be incredible.” This year, Craig Morgan will be performing some of his hits on acoustic guitar, while Thompson Square will show off its chemistry and delve into the revealing nature of the band’s songwriting. Brooks and Dunn’s Ronnie Dunn will also be performing and sharing the stories behind some of his biggest songs. “Ronnie has had the success that you need to have to be able to have the freedom to experiment with his sound,” Rush says. “Ronnie Dunn has one of the purest sounds Nashville has ever seen, and we are seeing a new side to him.” —Tamara Younkins MONDAY