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Athens, Ga. band Bloodkin returns

Singer-guitarist Daniel Hutchens and guitarist Eric Carter have been the heart and soul of Athens rock 'n' roll quartet Bloodkin for two decades. This Friday, the band returns to Charleston for their first-ever gig at the new Pour House.

Since forming in the Georgia university town, Bloodkin maintained a gutsy blues-rock sound and heartfelt tone. For years they maneuvered and bounced in and around the South with a rotation of rhythm section players — frequently collaborating with Widespread Panic and their various off-shoot projects (Panic still performs a number of Bloodkin tunes, such as "Can't Get High," "Makes Sense to Me," and "Henry Parsons Died"), Jerry Joseph, Barbara Cue, VU drummer Moe Tucker, and others.

Last year, the band released a full-length titled Last Night Out (their sixth studio collection).

"We mix in themes with the kinda down-and-dirty rock 'n' roll bar band stuff we do," says co-frontman Hutchens. "To me, all the great songwriters wrestled with issues. All the stuff you've listened to comes out in your music. And I've listened to all that stuff throughout my life."

For their summer tour, the Bloodkin lineup features Hutchens, Carter, bassist David Nickel (also of Stewart & Winfield), drummer Carlton Owens (of Snap!), and extra guitarist Eric Martinez, a Denver-based player and longtime colleague.

"It has gotten a little more textured and maybe a bit more soulful and less thrashin'," says Hutchens, who spent much of the year recording his second solo collection in Athens. "But, man, it's still essentially the same Stonesy blues-rock thing." —T. Ballard Lesemann

Bloodkin share the stage with Josh Roberts & The Hinges on Fri. July 21 at 10 p.m. at the Pour House at 1977 Maybank Hwy. Tickets are $7. Call 571-4343 or check www.bloodkin.net and www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more.


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