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.”