You don’t have to wait ’til February’s big bash to get a taste of the blues. The Lowcountry boasts a revolving cast of local talent ready to bear their soulful tunes
Skye Paige & The Original Recipe
A relative newcomer to the scene, guitarist/singer Skye Paige has developed a following for her pounding rockabilly and electric tributes to classic women’s blues.
Sounds like: Lucinda Williams, Wanda Jackson
CD: Whole Lotta Woman (2010)
Live: November 7 during the Local Music on the Farm benefit at Thornhill Farms in McClellanville
This young guitarist/singer fell under the spell of folk blues at an early age and has now created a national presence for himself, enjoying regular airplay on satellite radio and a brisk tour schedule.
Sounds like: Blind Willie Johnson, Earl King, Junior Kimbrough
CD: Jukebox Classic (2010)
Online: www.myspace.com/daviscoen, www.daviscoen.com
Live: When not playing in Clarksdale or Memphis, Davis can be found at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, The Mill, The Griffon Pub, & other local watering holes.
Cotton Blue Band
Long-standing members of the metro blues community, Gator Rob (guitar/harmonica/vocals) and Detroit Debbie (bass/vocals) are a swampy duo based on Edisto Island. Their original songs burst with Sea Island imagery and gritty roadhouse flavor.
CD: Still in the Swamp (2009)
Live: Every Friday & Saturday at Aromas downtown
Juke Joint Johnny
“The Harmonica Beast of the Southeast” blew into town with Hugo in 1989 and quickly became the area’s top blues harp player. With a fierce tone and unpredictable showmanship, Juke plays in both an electric setting and acoustically with harp-guitarist Drew Baldwin.
Sounds like: Little Walter, Shakey Horton, George Smith
CD: Songs From the Fish Camp (2008) with Drew Baldwin
Live: November 12 at Eye Level Art & regularly at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ
Ed “Porkchop” Meyer
This Detroit native has travelled the world performing his boisterous barroom blues/jazz/rock piano and vocals. His original songs brim with humor and irony.
Sounds like: Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal, Tom Waits
CD: I Got What You Need (2008)
Live: November 4, 11, & 18 at Blind Tiger Pub & November 8 & 22 at Henry’s House downtown
Photographs: (Coen) by Denise Moscardelli, (Paige) by Carolina St. Jane Photography, (Meyer) by Gayle Millege, & (Johnny) by Jan Jenson.