Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Live Music: Metal Monday; Kristina Murray; The Drifting Troubadours; Danielle Howle

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

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HAIRAOKE | Metal Monday
Mon. Dec. 1
9 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

Metal Monday has been a Charleston tradition since members of Jump, Little Children and The Films started it up in 2004 over at Johnny Ola’s, where Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge currently resides. It didn’t take long for people to catch on to the fun of belting out rock classics while backed by an awesome live band. In 2005, Metal Monday moved to Cumberland’s on King Street (weirdly, now the Apple store), where folks drank “mystery” beer and pumped their fists to the sky. Metal Monday continued to hop around in 2008 to the Pour House, then to Wet Willie’s in 2010, and to the now-defunct Mad River in 2012. After a two-year hiatus, some of us had nearly forgotten all about Metal Monday when Tin Roof’s Emily Richards (vocals, formerly of Action City Blackout), Shawn Krauss (drums, The Specs), and Mike Grimm (guitarist, Melted Velvet) brought the magic back to life earlier this year. Adding bassist David Grimm (WADATA), the foursome, who go by Strÿkeförce, made Tin Roof the new home of hairaoke mayhem. Every Monday, the four put on their best ’80s hair, tight jeans, and Axl Rose-esque bandanas to play spot-on renditions of hits from Metallica, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Pat Benatar. Song sign-ups start at 9 p.m., and the music usually starts around 10 p.m. We’ve seen people actually rip their shirts off onstage, so prepare for a memorable night of rock ‘n’ roll hijinks. —Kelly Rae Smith MONDAY

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STEEL COUNTRY | Kristina Murray
Wed. Nov. 26
10 p.m.
Free
The Mill

Country songstress Kristina Murray was born and raised in Atlanta, and it’s obvious her Georgia upbringing influenced her sound. “I listened to everything from Allman Brothers to Alan Jackson to Drive-By Truckers,” she says. As a result, her most recent release Smoke and Brown Whiskey is a mix of honky-tonk drenched in pedal-steel and riff-heavy Southern rock. “I play the kind of music I’d listen to,” Murray says. After graduating from Clemson and spending time on the Americana scene in Colorado, Murray has planted her cowboy boots firmly in Music City. “Nashville is really an inspiring place right now. There is a plethora of young, very talented country singer-songwriters who are creating and supporting a movement of really incredible original music — songs that have lyric and melody working tirelessly for each other,” Murray says. “Nashville has nurtured some of my favorite songwriters and musicians — Guy Clark, Roger Miller, Gillian Welch for a very short example — and I want and need to be creatively influenced both by what it is that folks had found here in the past and also by this current movement of young Americana artists.” —Kelly Rae Smith WEDNESDAY

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VINTAGE COUNTRY | The Drifting Troubadours
Wed. Nov. 26
7 p.m.
Free
Prohibition

Sun. Nov. 30
8 p.m.
Free
Prohibition

Google “The Drifting Troubadours,” and you’ll find a YouTube video titled “Roger Bellow of Town and Country Music in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.” After watching The Drifting Troubadours’ frontman Roger Bellow spend 15 minutes helping a gal in search for just the right instrument, we think it’s safe to say he’s is the king of all-things stringed. In the video, Bellows plays everything from romantic strolling music on a violin, Italian mandolin, a Mexican bolero on a resonator guitar, bluegrass banjo, jazz guitar, and a Stroh Violin, an unusual instrument that uses a horn to amplify its sound. Bellows brings his eclectic playing styles to The Drifting Troubadours, which features Bob Sacks on mandolin, John Spell on Hawaiian steel guitar, and Riley Hart on the bass. Bellows describes their music as, “Country music that you might have heard 50 years ago — that includes bluegrass, honky-tonk, and Western swing.” —J. Chapa WEDNESDAY

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AMERICANA | Danielle Howle
w/ Sinners & Saints and Jordan Igoe
Fri. Nov. 28
9 p.m.
$8/adv., $10/door
Pour House

Danielle Howle is somewhat of an institution in the Holy City. Based in Awendaw, she’s been making contemplative folk music since the late ’80s, when she was part of Columbia’s Lay Quiet Awhile. With a sound that’s been compared to everyone from Nina Simone to the Avett Brothers, Howle has supported acts like Indigo Girls, Fugazi, Ani DiFranco, and Bob Dylan. These days, she can often be found performing at Awendaw Green, where she is the artist in residence. That’s where Howle recorded the album New Year Revolutions with her backing band Fireworks Show back in 2012. Over the summer Howle kept busy co-producing and scoring a short film called Parallel Chords, which should be out sometime next year. Most recently, Howle released a three-CD set Pow Pow Sound Demos combining old favorites, unreleased songs, and brand new tracks recorded at Pow Pow studios in Columbia. The set includes a picture book that gives fans a sneak-peak into the life of the touring band. —J. Chapa FRIDAY


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