Beatles vs. Stones
The Tin Roof
Sun. Sept. 13
A night of local musicians coming together to jam on beloved songs by both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones — it was great idea that came to full fruition at the Tin Roof on Sunday. Designed as a fundraising gig (the cash benefited Andrew Wall, a close friend of Kentucky Shoes who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor), the "Beatles vs. Stones" event started on a mellow note and gradually picked up steam as the early soloist and acoustic duo sets gave way to full-sized, loudly amplified bands. It was a fun and rowdy display of collaboration and camaraderie between bands who don't normally share bills.
To avoid any musical overlap, every act scheduled to play signed up to play specific songs ahead of time. During the show, however, there was no rule or reason to the order of the tunes or the zig-zag between the Beatles or the Stones. Some performers did all of one or the other; while other acts played a mix. No stanch Beatles or Stones fans felt slighted.
Up first were a few last-minute additions to the already hefty roster. Uke player and guitarist Noodle (from the V-Tones and the Amazing Mittens) strummed a warm and friendly mini set, punctuated with a gentle rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" as his closer. Tyler Ross, a professor of jazz guitar at the College of Charleston, followed with a quiet set of classic Beatles tunes as well.
The first stunning moments of Beatles coverage came with guitarist John Durham and vocalist Erin Kinard (both members of Quasiphonics) delivered a powerfully soulful version of the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" that grabbed the attention of everyone in the room. Shortly after, a joyfully sloppy, high-volume, Stones-based set from singer/guitarist Mac Leaphart and his backing band rattled the joint. Leaphart and guest guitarist Sadler Vaden (of Leslie) traded solos and rhythm guitar riffs on such faves as "Lean on Me," "Angie" (featuring event organizer Jamie Resch, of Kentucky Shoes, on vocals), and "Honky Tonk Woman." Vaden sat in with various bands all evening, looking sharp in his Union Jack shirt.
Reid Stone's Guilt Ridden Troubadour — powered by drummer John Picard — rocked the Beatles the hardest on pounding renditions of "Get Back" and "The Ballad of John & Yoko."
Other highlights included some silky (and some raspy) harmonies between longtime friends — those between Lindsay Holler and Cary Ann Hearst, and Joel Hamilton and Owen Beverly stood out. The Defilers' giddy-up reworkings of "Dead Flowers" and "It's All Over Now" rocked. The InLaws (Hamilton and Beverly) nailed "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." Singer/guitarist Laura Jane Vincent's slow-tempo version of "Wild Horses" was Mazzy Star-esque.
As for the musical debate, it was a clean draw between both camps.