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.
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".
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.
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”.
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.
Hailing from Baltimore, Md The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Josh Ballard on Bass, Alex Berman on Banjo, fiddler Crosby Cofod, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, this five piece is successfully bringing their growing fan base a down, dirty and heated performance. Their ability to seamlessly transition from downhome bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance unique. Throw in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by Dirty Grass. Their self-titled debut CD The Dirty Grass Players captures this energy and as 2017 winner of Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition clearly indicates, this is just the beginning. Successfully touring the Mid-Atlantic and festival appearances, this year finds the group expanding along the East Coast and building on this momentum. For anyone that enjoys a musical throwdown by skilled musicians its time to get your grass dirty.
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.
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.
Local Singer Songwriter Kayla Jade 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 artist from our Open Mic Monday and offer them an opportunity to perform their very own Tuesday Night show.
“A good-natured riot this way comes from Greensboro, North Carolina…Armed with Fender Telecasters, the Grand Ole Uproar hearken to the wilder days and ways of Waylon Jennings and his fellow band of renegades. Songs including ’One Horse Blues’ and ‘Clumsy Tongue’ bespeak a raucous band with considerable musical chops. Splices of steel guitar coincide with Fenders and fun for a sound that rocks the country as in days of old renewed. Grand Ole Uproar … indeed.” — Tom Netherland, Herald Courier
lleau (all lowercase,pronounced "low") are a family (father Ted and two sons Noah and Ellery) located in Columbia, SC. They have played together since the sons began hitting their first drum/keyboard. A recent spike in songwriting from Noah and Ted led to the realization that they were ideal partners in the creative process; aided by the infallible chops of drummer Ellery, they began to write and record their ideas and hone their craft.
Big Sky Revival blends bluegrass, rock n roll, jazz, funk, and blues into, what they like to call, FUSIONGRASS! The band is blended with several different members of bands you may be quite familiar with, like the Mountain Express Band, Papa String Band, Bill Wells and Blue Ridge Mountain Grass and Jordhuga. No strangers to the music scene, BSR is fresh out of the studio with new material and a desire to bring it to you. These road warriors have had quite a musical journey over the past 20 plus years, in the past sharing stages with Peter Rowan, Fruition, Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Larry Keel, Vince Herman and Leftover Salmon, Tony Rice, Widespread Panic, Merl Saunders, Spin Doctors, Michelle Shocked, Keller Williams, Keller and the Keels, and Travis Book of the Infamous String Dusters, just to name a few. They have graced the stages of the Black Mountain Music Festival in the 90's twice, High Sierra Music Fest and reunited at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival in 2016 of late. Today they bring an entirely fresh, new blend of music to the stage that keep the toes tappin'! Currently booking dates in the Southeast, stay tuned to your favorite venues to see when you can catch them. There's a Big Sky out there....and a Revival is eminent!
In the course of their 27-year history, Jupiter Coyote has played over five thousand shows, traveled everywhere and done just about everything a touring band can do. The innovative group has independently sold close to a million CDs, tens of thousands of downloads, and who knows how many bootlegs they cut loose to fans for free. JC is brand name, and a pioneering cornerstone in the jam band scene. They have been called the new twist in southern rock and they deliver it with a relaxed, worldly view. Their sound has been labeled “Mountain Rock” — a mixture of Southern Appalachian boogie, bluegrass-infused, funk-rock.
JC plays it the way they feel it — with little regard as to where they fall between the cracks of what is considered trendy and fashionable. A band prolific in its writing, skilled in its musicianship and congenial in its nature, they remain the prototype of the truly independent band. They handle all business in-house and own their own record label, which is distributed internationally through Red Eye Worldwide.
Coyote has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, String Cheese, The Radiators and Kansas just to name a few. They have played large festivals from coast to coast, including: High Sierra Music Fest in California, Charlotte’s Center City Fest, Atlanta’s Mid-Town, Birmingham’s City Stages, Asheville’s Bele Chere and The Magnolia Fest in Live Oak, Fla.
The group traces its roots to Brevard, N.C., where childhood friends Matthew Mayes (guitar, guijo, vocals) and John Felty (vocals, guitars) decided in 1988 to pursue a career in music. The duo headed to Macon, Ga., where they joined forces with drummer Gene Bass and bassist Sanders Brightwell. Steve Trismen (vocals, fiddle) joined the fold in 1999. A native of Boulder, Colo., Trismen’s playing melded neatly into the band’s sound and gave Coyote a new on-stage dynamic. Noel Felty took over for Bass on drums in 2001. Most recently, long-time JC sidekick John Meyer was added on lead guitar. Meyer is also the person who came up with the name Jupiter Coyote back when the band was first starting in Macon, Ga. There is no band that really sounds like Jupiter Coyote. They have a guijo (banjo neck, Stratocaster body) an incredible fiddle player, and two fantastic slide guitar players. On top of that the band is currently touring with two drummers; Noel Felty and Gene Bass. Lot’s of vocal harmony and clever songwriting set these guys apart from the rest of the banal, jam band pack.
Currently, the band just finished its 8th studio album entitled “Life Got In The Way.” It was released Aug 4th, 2018 and cracked the i Tunes top 100 rock category first day out.
Calling Columbia, SC homes, Eight Track Parade is a local Funk Rock band that consists of Stephen Stokes, Chance Glass, David Reddy, Tommy Embrich, Stephen Rebl, and the ETP Horns.
The band is clearly influenced by the 70s rock and funk era paying homage to such artists as Sly and the Family Stone, The Meters, and Steely Dan. However, they have a compelling aspect to their songs which draws both musically and lyrically from R&B and Soul. Eight Track Parade is currently playing shows throughout the Carolinas and Georgia in support of their first album, a self-titled funk-rock slip n’ slide through the soft underbelly of the groove. The album only pauses briefly for you to catch a breath with a couple of masterful rock ballads and pop songs. The shows are more of an exploration of everything the album has to offer. Funk medleys sandwiched between a blazing rock tune and a soft ballad offer fans an opportunity to not only appreciate 8TP, but all of the great artists that have influenced the band’s writing.
Put on your tackiest holiday sweater and join The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society, The Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art, Leadership Columbia Alumni and Columbia Urban League Young Professionals for a Holiday Happy Hour at the new White Mule!
Join us to network with other members of these great groups (and to learn more about them!) Drop in for a few minutes, or stay a while- it's up to you!
We are collecting donations for Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI). They are asking for hygiene products for their clients. Please bring a donation with you to the event or purchase an item off their Amazon Wishlist - https://tinyurl.com/MIRCIAmazon
Elonzo Wesley began in January 2015, shortly after the breakup of Charlotte NC’s Elonzo. After moving from Atlanta in the mid 2000’s, singer-songwriter Jeremy Davis (Elonzo Wesley) formed the indie rock band, naming it after his father. The band self-released three full length records and two EP’s, touring the Carolina’s and Southeast. By December of 2014, after slowly disbanding for some time, another chapter in this story began.
With 3 full length albums, hundreds of shows, and a few years under his belt, Jeremy Davis will continue to carry his father’s name as a moniker and guide. Elonzo Wesley, at it’s best is; the musical truth of the moment, combined with the beauty and sadness of what has passed.
Currently, EW is performing as a solo artist and also with a string band.
In the early days of SUSTO I was touring almost completely solo, and the shows had a vibe that was very personal and there was an environment that encouraged me to tell the stories behind my songs. In the past two years I’ve been able to do tours like this in Europe, but haven’t had a chance to do something similar in the US. This tour is meant to remedy that, and to recreate that atmosphere I used to love so much, that intimacy with the audience. I’m looking forward to being there again, and seeing what comes out.