Jerry Reed, Ted Bird, Flashback, House of Blues, Rock Star Muffins, Upstate Blues Bash 

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R.I.P. JERRY REED

Known best by many for his good ol' boy trucker role in the film Smokey and the Bandit, singer, guitarist, and actor Jerry Reed died on Sept. 1 of complications from emphysema at the age of 71. The Grammy-winning Reed was an underrated guitarist and a veteran songwriter who penned hits for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, and the Oak Ridge Boys, among many others. His solo hit singles include "Amos Moses," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," and City Paper favorite "East Bound and Down" — the fast-paced, trucker themed tune from the first Smokey movie. —T. Ballard Lesemann

R.I.P. TED BIRD

Longtime local musician and downtown tour guide James E. "Ted" Bird, a Pennsylvania native who made his home in Charleston in 1993, passed away on Sept. 1 after a short, difficult battle with cancer. He was 58. In recent years, the singer and 12-string guitarist played regularly at such local venues as the Roof Top Bar, the Southend Brewery, and the Sunfire Bar & Grill, among other clubs. Bird recently issued a solo album titled Laughter and Love. Those wishing to make memorial donations may send them to Stand Up To Cancer, File 1224, 1801 W. Olympic Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91199 (www.standuptocancer.org), or The Salvation Army, 2135 Ashley River Road, Charleston, S.C. 29407 (www.salvationarmyusa.org). —TBL

FLASHBACK RESCHEDULED

Due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna last Friday, the Flashback: The Classic Rock Experience concert originally scheduled at the North Charleston Coliseum (5001 Coliseum Drive, 843-529-5050) was rescheduled for Thurs. Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $58, $38, $28, and $18. All previously purchased tickets for the show will be honored. Tickets do not have to be exchanged. Tickets for the show are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix grocery stores), by phone (843) 554-6060, or online at www.tickemaster.com. Visit www.myspace.com/flashbacktour and www.coliseumpac.com for more. —TBL

ROAD TRIP: HOUSE OF BLUES

What's happening at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach? All That Remains shares the stage with 36 Crazy Fists and The Human Abstract on Thurs. Sept. 11. Country/soul veteran Delbert McClinton shakes it on Sat. Sept. 13. Flogging Molly and special guests The Loved Ones get heavy-duty on Fri. Sept. 19. Nelly headlines with support from Avery Storm on Sat. Sept. 27. See the full schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach. —TBL

ROCK STAR MUFFINS

Local twangers Dangermuffin may have found their mecca in the thin air of the Rockies. Two weeks ago, the trio flew to Denver with only their guitars and cymbals, then rented a van, drum kit, and equipment for a seat-of-their-pants tour through the state. Their open schedule worked to their advantage — they landed an opening gig for DJ Logic at an afterparty for the Jazz Aspen festival, where the lauded turntablist joined them on stage for two songs and guitarist Cameron Williams of Tishamingo sat in for the entire set. When the Stanton Moore Trio (who are playing in Charleston at the Pour House on Thurs. Sept. 11) had to cancel their festival gigs to fly home to New Orleans for Hurricane Gustav, the band lucked out again, filling in for three festival performances, including one immediately prior to Widespread Panic taking the stage. After a few nights of spreading their name, the band booked their own post-John Fogerty show and drew a capacity crowed of over 150 rowdy fans to the Regal Bar in Aspen. "In the right place at the right time has kind of been the theme of this trip," says songwriter/guitarist Dan Lotti. "If you make yourself available, all this good stuff comes out of it." The guys even had a chance to fish with jam band Umphrey's McGee on Kevin Costner's ranch; Muffin out-caught the national act five trout to three. Before flying home next week, they'll play a beer festival and a few more gigs in Denver, then spend some time "in a yurt above the tree line" writing new material. We'll be anxious to hear it back at home. Visit www.myspace.com/dangermuffin for more. —Stratton Lawrence

UPSTATE BLUES BASH IN OCTOBER

The 12th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival and "club crawl" takes place up in Camden, S.C. between Thurs. Oct. 2 and Sat. Oct. 4. The music happens at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and across a dozen venues around town. Organizer and Charleston musician Gary "Shrimp City Slim" Erwin calls it "a serious shot of real blues in a small-town Southern experience." Featured blues acts include Drink Small, Miss Wanda Johnson, Studebaker John & The Hawks, Big James & The Chicago Playboys, Dr. Pickup, Joey Gilmore, Paul Geremia, Erwin's own Shrimp City Slim band, and others. "All access" tickets are $15 per night and $40 for the weekend. Check www.bluesbash.com or call 803-425-7676 for more. —TBL


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