When he started out as a singles-artist on the Jamaican music scene, Bob Marley was part of a trio with Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh called the Wailers, but as time went on and Marley’s obvious star power began to overpower the group, Livingston (a.k.a. Bunny Wailer) and Tosh moved on.
The new version of the Wailers is the band most people will remember, creating that distinctive easy-skankin' riddim behind Marley’s mid-to-late ’70s classic reggae albums like Natty Dread, Survival, and Uprising.
Guitarist Al Anderson and drummer Aston “Family Man” Barrett were part of that backing group and a vital part of Marley’s sound. Anderson’s stinging lead guitar and percussive rhythm playing provided some of the most recognizable riffs and licks in reggae history, and Barrett’s laid-back, in-the-pocket bass-playing style was a hallmark of Marley’s sound. It’s fitting, then, that both men have reunited their separate versions of the Wailers to keep the spirit of Marley’s classics alive.
Runaway Gin plays the Pour House every weekend for Sunday Phunday.
Local Phish tribute act Runaway Gin announced this week they’re tour-bus bound this fall, with dates that include the WMNF 88.5 Groovefest in Tampa, Fla. and the band’s debut performance in New York City at the Highline Ballroom.
Runaway Gin will continue their Pour House Sunday residency and will also perform at the venue for the local Phish concert after party on Fri. Oct. 14 and at the Charleston Music Hall for the Phall Grand Ball on Fri. Sept. 9.
Runaway Gin Tour:
Fri. Sept. 9: The Phall Grand Ball at the Charleston Music Hall w/ Holly Bowling, Charleston, SC
Sat. Sept. 10: The Phall Grand Ball at the Columbia Music Farm w/ Holly Bowling, Columbia, SC
Fri. Sept. 16: 1904 Music Hall, Jacksonville, FL
Sat. Sept. 17: WMNF 88.5 Groovefest, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, FL
Sat. Oct. 1: The Calico Room, Wilmington, NC
Fri. Oct 14: The Ophishal Phish Tour Opener Afterparty, the Charleston Pour House, Charleston, SC
Fri. Nov. 11: The Zydeco,Birmingham, AL
Thurs. Nov. 17: Gottrocks, Greenville, SC
Fri. Nov. 18: The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh, NC
Sat. Nov 19, The Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Sun. Nov 20: Gypsy Sally's, Washington, DC
Fri. Dec 9: Barrelhouse South, Savannah, GA
Fri. + Sat. Dec 16-17: The Rabbit Hole, Charlotte, NC
Sat. Dec. 31st: 3 Sets at Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA
Fri. Jan. 6: The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
Sat. Jan. 7: The Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Grace Joyner’s video for “Dreams,” off Maybe Sometimes — in C was recently premiered on popular music resource Wild Honey Pie.
Directed by the singer’s sibling Ben Joyner as well as Taylor MacDonald, “Dreams” was shot in dark places, including a seedy motel, a car, and inside the Mill in Park Circle and features the local indie artist lingering in the shadows of a boy played by Parker Stewart.
You can see the video now below, on wildhoneypie.com, or via Hearts & Plugs’ YouTube channel.
Stop Light Observations’ new album Toogoodoo drops today, but guess who had it streaming live on Tuesday? Conan O’Brien, that’s who. Well, it was his Team Coco site that exclusively premiered the whole album to be exact.
“Conan was always my favorite growing up, and his show and the bands he picked really influenced my drive to play music,” says SLO songwriter and guitarist John-Keith Culbreth. “It was a really special full circle to have him and his team release it.”
Toogoodoo's release party is tonight at the Charleston Music Hall. SLO will perform as part of a New Music Confab showcase, along with Death Valley Dreams, A Fragile Tomorrow, June Divided, and Falling Through April.