Old Crow Medicine Show coming to Appalachian Power Park

OCMSOld-timey troubadours Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at Appalachian Power Park on July 26 as part of “A Summer Night of Jam Bands,” sponsored by the Charleston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

The group, which was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013, is best known for songs like “Wagon Wheel,” “I Hear Them All” and “Down Home Girl.” Local band Qiet also will perform, along with other bands yet to be announced.

The event is co-presented by the Clay Center and Appalachian Power Park.

Clay Center Presents Spring 2014 season ticket holders can buy tickets Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m., and Clay Center members and donors with performance benefits can purchase tickets Monday, May 19 at 10 a.m. through Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. General admission tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the gate. Visit www.theclaycenter.org for more information.

In the meantime, here’s my favorite OCMS song, “Methamphetamine.”

Discussing “Record Store Day” with Rick Miller of SCOTS

SCOTSSouthern Culture on the Skids is coming to the Empty Glass tonight, and I had the pleasure on interviewing the band’s lead guitarist Rick Miller  about his collection of weird, old guitars.

When we got on the phone, Miller was driving out to the band’s clubhouse/recording studio The Kudzu Ranch to work on remixes of some songs they released on a Record Store Day exclusive 7-inch single.

The band recorded two songs — “Party at my Trouse” and “Hey Mary” — with Fred Schneider of the B-52s. Miller said he plans to release the remixes on a 12-inch record sometime this summer. Why?

The band only released 950 copies of the original single, and Miller is not so crazy about Record Store Day.

“It sounds like it’s being subjected to the same things that ruined the record industry in the first place,” Miller said.

That is to say, greed.

The annual event is meant to drive interest in local, independent record stores. And by all accounts, it has. But there’s a dark side to it, too.

Last Saturday, a lucky few fans could pick up a single of Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” (never before released on vinyl) for about $15. That same record is now going for $40 on eBay.

Southern Culture’s Record Store Day single isn’t seeing the same kind of mark-up as Nirvana, but it’s still occurring. Last Saturday, “Party at my Trouse” sold for $10. Now, it’s about $20.

The bands aren’t getting any of that money, either, just the enterprising “collectors” who snatch up the limited edition releases on Record Store Day.

By the way, here’s a listen to “Party at my Trouse” for those of you who didn’t pick up the single and can’t wait for summer:

Mandolin Orange added to FestivALT

Mandolin OrangeCounty/folk/bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange have joined the lineup for FestivALT, a new alt-country concert coming to Appalachian Power Park as part of this year’s FestivALL.

The concert is June 21. Tickets are available here.

The band confirmed it on their official Twitter account last night:

As mentioned above, the line-up already features alt-country rockers The Drive-By Truckers and old-timey act Carolina Chocolate Drops. I predict lots of beer drinkin’.

Here’s the video for “Waltz About Whiskey,” a good old fashioned country song with lots of pedal steel guitar.

Avocado Shirt Co. in action

Today’s Daily Mail Life section features Avocado Shirt Co., a soon-to-launch clothing company devoted to avocados and guacamole.

We shot some funny photos of co-founders Rob Russo and Jason Hager juggling at The Purple Onion, which photographer Tom Hindman turned into an animated gif. Unfortunately, our new website doesn’t play nice with animated gifs and neither do our social media accounts.

So here, dear reader, is an exclusive look at an animated gif of two guys juggling avocados in a grocery store.

856550 Avacado-revNow, go support their Kickstarter campaign.

Melissa Etheridge really likes Tricky Fish’s hush puppies

Melissa EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge played the Clay Center on Thursday night, but apparently spent much of Wednesday just roaming around our fair city.

Etheridge told the crowd Thursday she was particularly impressed with Tricky Fish, that “urban beach bar” on Charleston’s East End.

She estimated she ate “oh…about 72” of the restaurant’s ever-popular hush puppies, and jokingly lamented the restaurant’s chef would not give her the recipe.

It’s a true story, says Tricky Fish chef Kelly Stephens.

“I didn’t think I was going to cause such a stir. I guess I should (have) let them know,” Stephens said.

Etheridge came into the restaurant around 4 p.m. Wednesday. She ordered catfish tacos and chips and salsa, but was still hungry. Her server suggested an order of hush puppies.

When they arrived, Etheridge was so impressed she tweeted a photo of the dish.

It’s not an uncommon reaction, Stephens said.

“Everybody loves the hush puppies here.”

Etheridge came up to the counter before she left.

“She came up to the counter and was asking about the hush puppies. She asked what was in them and said ‘I can’t tell you,” Stephens said.

The Grammy winner took the rejection in stride, shook Stephens’ hand and left.

Stephens has been working at Tricky Fish for a little over a year, but said that was her first celebrity sighting.

Etheridge praised the restaurant from the stage a few times on Thursday, and Stephens noted the lunch rush was particularly busy on Friday.

She’s not sure Etheridge had anything to do with it, but says it’s possible.

“I’d like to think it had something to do with her.”


Bishops’ “Silver Lining” up for pre-sale

The guys over at Twin Cousins Records are running one honey of a deal to promote the release of their newest album,  Bishops’ “Silver Lining.”

(Bishops is a Shepherdstown-area band fronted by Tucker Riggleman, formerly of  The Demon Beat.)

If you head over to Bishops’ Bandcamp page, you can pick up a pre-order of the LP for $15. Once the album is released on May 20, you’ll get a copy of “Silver Lining” (in either orange vinyl or blue vinyl), plus a free vinyl pressing of Twin Cousins’ first compilation, plus some other goodies from the label.

If you’re not a vinyl lover, you can also pick up a digital pre-order for $7 .

In the meantime, here’s the newly released music video for Bishops’ first single from “Silver Lining,” called “Fix It.”

Rumpus rides again

Wild RumpusAs you can read in my story for today’s Charleston Daily Mail, 2013 was not a very good year for Fayetteville-based band The Wild Rumpus.

First, lead singer Andrew Adkins was bit by a brown recluse spider. The venom destroyed his pancreas.

Then guitarist Alan Sizemore blacked out onstage. It turned out to be a stroke, caused by the sudden onset of Type-1 diabetes.

The band lost a third of its gigs last year, but is now back on the road. This Friday, they’ll play the Boulevard Tavern in downtown Charleston.

Here’s a listen to the Rumpus’ new album, “Shake Yer Rumpus.”

Captain Fantastic comes to Charleston. No joke.

Despite some worries (by the public, as well as your friends here at the Daily Mail), this morning’s announcement that Elton John will play the Charleston Civic Center is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

I repeat, this is not a joke. We’ve been getting calls.

No, it was just some unfortunate timing by Live Nation and the Civic Center.

“I didn’t even think of that,” Megan Ditton of Live Nation told me. “It is completely legit. Elton John is coming to the Civic Center on June 11.”

In case you missed that…Elton John is coming to the Civic Center on June 11.

Tickets go on sale April 11 at the Civic Center box office, www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster locations or 1-800-745-3000. Prices are $99, $79 and $29. Limit eight tickets per customer.
In the meantime, here’s a much younger Elton performing “Pinball Wizard” in giant shoes: