• Saturday , 24 June 2017

album reviews

Dangermuffin – Heritage

Dangermuffin – Heritage

There’s a lot of studio magic happening in music today. I don’t say that in a complimentary way. I’m talking about the propensity for the use of auto-tune and the like to render the vocal and instrumental performances of many ...

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Review – Saluda Shoals EP – Fight Dirty

Review – Saluda Shoals EP – Fight Dirty

©2016 Saluda Shoals 16 minutes. That’s the entire total running length of the five songs that make up Charleston, SC-based country/roots/rock outfit Saluda Shoals’ 2016 EP release Fight Dirty. I think it has sometimes taken me longer than 16 minutes ...

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George Fetner – Some Things We’ll Change

George Fetner – Some Things We’ll Change

George Fetner, a native Columbia singer-songwriter, released his second solo album titled “Some Things We’ll Change” on March 3rd. If you are familiar with George’s first album, this one is much more programmatic in nature but that does not take ...

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Don Merckle – The Ballad of Lincoln Wray

Don Merckle – The Ballad of Lincoln Wray

Don Merckle is no stranger to the North and South Carolina music scene, he has played countless shows and been an inspiration to both local and touring artists. On Merckle’s latest effort, an EP with 7 tracks, 2 which are ...

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Fall of an Empire – Croweater: An Echo In Bone

Fall of an Empire – Croweater: An Echo In Bone

Heavy metal’s legacy of powerful vocalists isn’t lost on Fall of an Empire. Hailing from Spartanburg, the band not only delivers strong, bluesy vocals, but they lay down serious stoner/doom grooves that are as heady as they are heavy. Croweater: ...

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Todd Mathis – Love in the City

Todd Mathis – Love in the City

©2017 Step Out of the Line Records / Jangly Records http://toddmathismusic.com/ One mark of a truly well written and conceived song is its ability to hold up and sound right in multiple versions or styles. Todd Mathis – probably best ...

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Kenny George Band – Borrowed Trouble

Kenny George Band – Borrowed Trouble

The latest hits on country pop radio that are recorded in Nashville combine glitz and songs about saving horses and riding cowboys and dancing the dirt off your boots.  However, Aiken, SC’s Kenny George Band readily gets their message across ...

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Hula Hifi – Hawaiian Noir: Volume One

Hula Hifi – Hawaiian Noir: Volume One

While this ukulele, upright bass, and Hawaiian lap steel trio actually hails from Nashville, it does feature a South Carolina connection in Josh Kaler. The multi-instrumentalist, who lived in Charleston for years and still returns to the Lowcountry to play ...

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The Francis Vertigo – “Reception”

The Francis Vertigo – “Reception”

If you describe your sound as “baroque lounge twang for the soul,” you’d better deliver, right?  The Francis Vertigo don’t disappoint, especially with their most current EP Reception, released in March of 2016. It’s always admirable when your band has ...

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