SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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ROCK | Rooster Scratch
w/ The Library Fire
Wed. Dec. 20
Cumberland's
$5

Charleston-based "Southern-Americana band" trio Rooster Scratch have scampered back on track this year, recovering from a change in lineup and a switch in band names (they were recently known as "The Sin Eaters"). The band — singer-guitarist Todd Jones (pictured), drummer Steve Stewart, and bassist Paul King — recently released a new, self-tiled album and have been working on the follow-up disc. Their tunes rock and twist with loose, riffy swagger and a bit of hillbilly mischief. Local rock group The Library Fire — fronted by busy singer, guitarist, and songwriter Aaron Levy — lean more toward a melodic alternative-rock/power-pop sound. Music kicks off at 10 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY


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BLUES-ROCK | Christopher Dean Band
w/ Starling
Wed. Dec. 20
The Map Room
Free

Hailing from the central New Jersey scene, the totally-pro Christopher Dean Band blaze through faithful vintage blues riffs, soul tunes, and boogie like it's 1959. Led by guitarist/vocalist Chris Dean (ex-Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers), the lineup includes bassist David Foti and drummer Chip Dixon. They rocked the Map Room last year (to a small but appreciative crowd) with a mix of material drawing from, as they put it, "Delta, Chicago, and Texas blues, jazz, folk, country, R&B, and pop." Their most recent album is titled Three Times A Fool (look for a new studio disc this winter). Local acoustic cover band Starling perform early in the evening, followed by the venue's own weekly "Sibling Rivalry" trio game and the CDB. See www.christopherdeanband.com for more. —TBL WEDNESDAY


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JAZZ-IMPROV | Clay Ross Quartet
Thurs. Dec. 21
Redux Contemporary Art Center
$10

Making one of his semi-annual trips from N.Y.C. to his old hometown, talented electric jazz guitarist Clay Ross returns to Charleston for a special performance this Thursday at Redux (located at 136 St. Philip St.). With his own combo and a recently-released solo album titled The Random Puller (YalcMusic), the young jazz cat makes his mark as a seriously expressive player and bandleader. The quartet features tenor sax player Kebbi Williams and the dynamic rhythm section of Brian Mulholland (electric bass) and Stockton Helbing (drums). Show time is 8 p.m. Check www.reduxstudios.org and www.clayross.com for more info. —TBL THURSDAY


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ROCK | Wyatt & The Old Dudes
Fri. Dec. 22
Music Farm
$5

"Wyatt was raised on music and can just about play every instrument in the bands," says guitarist Ranny Garey, father of 14-year-old Fender Strat wiz kid Wyatt Garey. "He started playing when he was three. He's the star of the show and has been for a while!" Playing a soulful blend of classic blues-rock, gospel, R&B, and Americana, the Isle of Palms-based Wyatt & The Old Dudes are set to headline a rare club show this weekend at the Farm. For the Gareys and their bandmates — bassist William Nelson, drummer Eddie White, and guest vocalist Ryan Horry — the usual gigs are more gospel-oriented and held in various local churches. Ranny is a local player who spent plenty of time jamming over the years with such local acts as Minimum Wage, Idle Hands, and Buja De. Wyatt, currently a freshmen at Wando, Wyatt plays drums, brass instruments, and keys as well. Check myspace.com/wyattandtheolddudes. —TBL FRIDAY



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