The Dirty Gone Dolas have been playing music around Columbia, South Carolina with each other in bands such as Pocket Buddha and The Prairie Willows for some time now. The current band was formed with the desire to play Americana tunes - original, folk, and covers - in a string band format. The Dirty Gone Dolas feature Kristen Harris on fiddle, Branhan Lowther (from Slim Pickens) on guitar, Zachariah Jones on mandolin, and Darren Woodlief on doghouse bass, with vocals, both lead and harmonic, by all.
If spoken by anyone other than Slaton Glover, this reference would surely elicit more questions than answers. But given that he and his cohorts in The Travelin’ Kine hold influences like Kris Kristofferson, David Grisman, and Widespread Panic in equally high esteem, hearing the frontman describe the band’s new music in this way, well, makes sense.
Glover started this project four years ago in Charleston, South Carolina, when he committed himself to writing and playing his songs whenever and wherever possible. In those early days, he was backed by a rotating cast of seasoned musicians from the area, but The Travelin’ Kine came together over time, and the definitive lineup coalesced two years ago when guitarist Scottie Frier and bassist Brent Poulson joined up with Glover, mandolinist David Vaughan, harp player Mark Davis, and drummer Jim Donnelly. Since then, they’ve recorded and released their debut album, Change in the Wind; received a few nods from the Charleston City Paper as the city’s favorite Americana band; and hit the road, developing their live show (which Frier calls their “biggest asset”) on stages across the Southeast with cohorts like Yarn, Drivin n Cryin and Dangermuffin.
These early successes were like flames to a mason jar of moonshine for the band, and Glover took advantage of this momentum when he started writing songs for their as-yet-untitled sophomore album shortly after the release of Change in the Wind. This time, though, the rest of the group joined the process early on, a decision that continues to afford them more opportunities to shape their sound than ever before. If you are looking for The Travelin’ Kine these days, certainly check the bar first, but chances are that you will find them at Donnelly’s Plowground Studios on Johns Island woodshedding these tracks with Josh Roberts of Josh Roberts & the Hinges, who is producing the album (Tim Nielson of Drivin n Cryin is assisting in the production). This new approach is paying off, yielding an album that Poulson calls “a lot more rocking than the last” and comprised of songs Davis says are “relatable across the band.”
Glover’s goal is to arrange and record 16-18 of the 20 plus songs he has written for the album, and from those, release a dozen. For Vaughan, it is all about the quality of the music, and he promises that there won’t be any filler. “This next album will be better,” he says. “I don’t want to be that band. I don’t want to just put music out there for the sake of it.” Once they are happy with the songs, they will decamp to Charleston’s Truphonic Recording Studios to record the album and if all goes well, it will be released in early fall.
So back to that “psychedelic weirdness.” Fans new and old will get a taste of it in a few months when the album is wrapped up and released, but for the time being, the Magic 8 Ball says it’s safe to trust Glover. The Travelin’ Kine aren’t prone to embellishments, and in fact, they’ve proven themselves the kind of straight-shooting troubadours that most would expect to find playing “Red Dirt Americana.” They’ve already signaled a “change in the wind” in their hometown of Charleston, and that breeze is about to blow a lot harder and weirder in the coming weeks and months. That is a guarantee.
Grammy Award-winning bassist Trae Pierce is leading a wild new musical experience known as Trae Pierce & the T-Stones (TPTS). Defined by hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock and blues, TPTS has developed a high-energy live show with a modern feel that also recalls the unstoppable grooves of Bootsy Collins: they “wants to funk you up!” Trae is a world-class bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) who cut his bass chops as a member of The Ohio Players.
From his Florida home, this bass “monster” has hand-picked a vibrant young group of musicians with limitless energy and extreme talent, and together they’ve been tearing up dance floors throughout the Southeast with a genre-blending twist of funk-rock rhythms that bring out the best in every beat. After sharing the stage with funk powerhouses George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, The Revivalists, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and The Main Squeeze among others, TPTS is ready to take their party nationwide, so get ready to experience a night of fun-and-funk, coming soon to a club, college or festival near you.
It was 29 years ago that Michael Glabicki dropped out of college to start a band. At that time he had no idea what he was going to do or how to get there. Glabicki spent two years learning how to write songs, and create a vision. Rusted Root was then born.
The multi-platinum band out of Pittsburgh evolved around front-man Michael Glabicki’s distinct sound and grew into a musical entity that has thrived in a non-genre specific category all its own. Rusted Root built their career around dramatic performances; their polyrhythmic, multicultural rock-and-soul picked up fans like a junkyard magnet as they swept across the nation on tour.
In many ways, Glabicki is starting this process all over again. He is challenging himself to write in completely new and different ways to create an entirely new sound landscape. Michael takes all the new songs and old favorites Rusted Root has been performing and performs re-envisioned versions of them in a more intimate setting with Rusted Root’s longtime guitar player and background vocalist, Dirk Miller. A multifaceted musician, producer, and songwriter, Glabicki’s talents are unique and extremely uplifting. His solo tour dates and new music are extensions of his creative talent, and will inspire all those who participate.
E.Z. Shakes (a.k.a. Zach Seibert) rests securely among the giants of the singer songwriter genre. Born with the birthright and marinated in the mud of the deep South, Shakes' musical roots inch their way down and deep in the substratum of American folk music, which in his own way, he mixes up and serves with a splash of Country Western.
Shakes' writing is never tired or cliche in content. He offers up something fresh and honest, gritty and gutsy in an industry saturated in the synthetic. Much of his music has an air of melancholy that rests easy over melodic swells and could serenade even the most cynical into entering the mire that is the human condition. Working his craft through narrative, each song tells a story rather than making a statement. With guitar in hand, a weathered voice and minimal accompaniment, Shakes seems to transcend the expectation and set the standard for autobiographical songwriting.
While a taste for many styles of music is evident in Nashville-based band Ginger Cowgirl’s upcoming release, their approach is nevertheless rooted in the tradition of classic country brevity, wit and soul. Throw in some pedal steel, rockin' telecaster twang, worldly lyrics and front-woman Stacy Antonel’s eclectic vocals, and you have a unique brand of Americana music.
The core of Ginger Cowgirl is California-born Antonel, a vocalist whose range and versatility allow her to sing rock, jazz, soul, pop and country with equal proficiency and passion. She’s a classically trained pianist from the age of 7, holds a degree from UC Berkeley, and got her start in the music industry singing jingles while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2013 she beat out hundreds of singers to win the $10,000 grand prize on Fox’s televised singing competition “3 Minutes to Stardom”.
A singer/songwriter hailing from the Atlanta, Georgia area, Rian Adkinson has toured all over the U.S and Europe with his very own arsenal of original alternative progressive rock songs since 2004. Rian started playing music at a young age and hasn’t stopped since. A multi-instrumentalist, Rian plays drums, guitar, bass, piano and cello. His musical influences can be heard throughout his music but it’s the originality and quality of his songwriting that takes center stage. Rian’s soulful take on progressive/art rock gives him a unique, timeless sound.
Formed initially as an experiment in diverse songwriting, Rare Creatures has grown into a full on rock spectacle. Their sound navigates between heavy synth rock and melodic acoustic rhythms seamlessly from song to song, switching it up around every corner. Influenced by bands from Alt-J to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, with some ethnic spices sprinkled in for good measure. The group is fronted by Coleman Sawyer on vocals and guitar, with Hugh Camp on bass and synthesizer, Keller James on lead guitar, and Logan Crank banging the drums. Recordings were released in late 2017.
Known for their progressive song writing and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & The Humble's beginnings were in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia. Following the release of their first full length album in 2013, the trio, consisting of Jordan Caiola, Shane Woods, and Nate Matulis began playing venues throughout the city. After experiencing the high of multiple sold out hometown shows, Mo Lowda took their act on the road and began consistently touring the country. Their 2016 sophomore release, 'Act Accordingly', was a short and sweet embodiment of the band's natural progression; refining their already formidable sound. Following that release, Jeff Lucci stepped in as the new bassist, bringing his unique songwriting and tasteful use of effects pedals into the mix. On the heels of playing over 100 shows nationwide in 2017, Mo Lowda is set for a full US tour In 2018, in support of their upcoming Full-Length entitled "Creatures".
Local Singer Songwriter David Pucik was Selected from the amazing talent at our Open Mic Monday for their own 2 1/2hr performance at The White Mule.
Every week will choose one aspiring artist from our Open Mic Monday and offer them an opportunity to perform their very own Tuesday Night Show.
Started in 2009 in Washington, DC, Daddy Lion was originally Jeremy Joseph's lo-fi bedroom pop solo project. With his self-titled debut EP and his full-length follow-up Habitat, Jeremy gained the attention from many blogging and other press outlets including NPR Music, The Washington Post, Popdose, Washington City Paper, and Review Stalker, and signed a record deal with 24 Hour Service Station Records. In 2012 Jeremy moved to Columbia, SC to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of South Carolina and transformed Daddy Lion into a band with local musicians Randal Franklin, Bart Ballington, and Chris Johnson whom he met at a local music club, Conundrum Music Hall, and on Craigslist. In 2014 they recorded their first EP together, Perpetual Calendar. They are now working very hard on their full-length follow-up, which they are recording in Chris's home studio. Daddy Lion have released six albums and EPs, seven original music videos and have been billed with Tim Kasher (Cursive), Shonen Knife, The Growlers, Evangelicals, Futurebirds, and American Aquarium.