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The Lowcountry, with its devil-may-care spirit of island life, has evolved into a hotbed of jam-band activity, where improvisation and the extended solo rule. For evidence, look no further than the psychedelic stylings of the following local bands who carry the genre-bending torch in between sold-out visits from Widespread Panic, Phish, and Dave Matthews Band—all in the same calendar year. Jerry Garcia would be proud (and, who knows, may be hiding out on Folly Beach).
With a new line-up and a full-length CD coming out this fall, singer Campbell Brown and company are pushing their own brand of jam-blues.
CD: Blue Skies for Fools (2009)
Live: November 6 at Eye Level Art, November 24 at the Charleston Pour House, & December 31 at Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island
This highly original, acoustic groove rocker gigs relentlessly around the Lowcountry.
CD: State of Affairs (2007)
Live: November 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at Finz in Mount Pleasant; November 5 & December 3 at Smoky Oak Taproom on James Island; November 7, 14, 21, & 28 at Coast; November 13 at Loggerhead’s; November 17 & 24 at Vendue Inn Rooftop; & December 8 at Wild Wing Café in Mount Pleasant
The Plainfield Project
Playing covers from Phish to Michael Jackson, these guys are decidedly open-minded in their approach.
CD: The Plainfield Project (2009)
Sol Driven Train
Lowcountry regulars for more than a decade, SDT plays horn-infused Southern, world-beat rock with an air of eccentricity.
CD: Believe (2010)
Live: November 27 at The Windjammer on Isle of Palms & December 31 at Charleston Pour House
These Southern bar rockers are known to wail into the wee hours.
Live: November 13 at Smoky Oak Taproom on James Island, November 24 at the Charleston Pour House, & December 10 at O’Malley’s Pub