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Charleston’s rich with musicians—so filthy rich that choosing just eight favorite songs by Lowcountry-based artists was quite a challenge for music editor Stanfield Gray. Use his picks to start your own all-local playlist
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Band of Horses - “Knock Knock”
Charleston’s most promising touring band bangs out a Glyn Johns-produced gem.
Blue Dogs - “Isabelle”
Longtime hometown heroes capture a quintessential Americana moment.
Cary Ann Hearst - “Hell’s Bells”
This tune by Hearst, of Shovels & Rope (see page 39), played on HBO’s True Blood, perfectly conjuring its spooky vibe.
Sol Driven Train - “Watermelon”
The late great Frank Zappa would applaud this juicy little number.
Danielle Howle & Darius Rucker - “If I Can’t Have You”
Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish helmed the production of this remake of an Etta James classic.
Yates Dew - “Everyone Can Sing”
A bouncy, free-flowing pop jewel that feels like summer in a bottle and will make the kids jump.
Slow Runner - “Long Division”
“You get the West Coast, I get the lamppost,” says it all in this inspired break-up story.
Mac Leaphart - “Big Bang, Little Kiss”
This fine ditty owes a small debt to the mighty swagger of Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.