Music Scene: Dangermuffin, Shovels & Rope, Donavon Frankenreiter
By Matthew Godbey | Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Local trio Dangermuffin has been one of Charleston’s most active bands, ever since it emerged onto the scene with its 2007 debut, “Beermuda.”
In keeping with that tradition, the band recently wrapped performances with Keller Williams and Hot Tuna and is now in the middle of a brief East Coast tour before heading to California for a run of dates.
Over its five-year career, Dangermuffin has built a reputation as a band that encapsulates the spirit of the Lowcountry, with its brew of country twang, Appalachian bluegrass, jam band and sun-dried blues, all merging into a sound that is special to the Folly Beach three-piece band.
Dangermuffin’s fourth release, “Olly Oxen Free,” comes on the heels of the success from its 2010 effort, “Moonscapes,” an album that helped earn the band slots at Virginia’s FloydFest, Summer Camp Festival in Illinois, Yonder Mountain’s Harvest Fest in Arkansas and Jazz Aspen in Colorado.
“Olly Oxen Free” is enjoying its nearly two-month reign atop the Home Grown Music Network’s radio charts, beating out the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Matisyahu, Alabama Shakes and others.
Dangermuffin will perform a special show Friday at the Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, in celebration of the new album. Vancouver-based rock band Yellowknife will open the performance. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com. Call 571-4343 or go to charlestonpourhouse.com for more information.
Shovels & Rope
The dynamic of Shovels & Rope is a duality, entwining itself in strands of life and art.
It extends beyond the angle of a husband and wife who are singers and songwriters and into an even rarer territory of dual songwriters creating such seamlessly moving music.
Shovels & Rope is actually two musicians who had already built respectable names for themselves throughout the Southeast: Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent.
Hearst was a longtime Charleston fan favorite known for her heartbreaking vocals and believable country tales with Americana leanings. Trent came up a different route as a member of the internationally applauded indie/pop/rock band The Films.
The pair united in marriage and in song a few years ago and have since proven to be a force beyond reckoning or classification.
They play endlessly, passionately and with gut-wrenching devotion to their songs simply because they love to. They have no frills or gimmicks, no buses or big labels, no image or character to maintain.
The band released its album “O’ Be Joyful” last month, a collection of 11 songs that the duo recorded in their home, their van and in motel rooms across the country.
Shovels & Rope will perform Saturday at the Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, in celebration of the new album. The Winter Sounds and Magic Mike also will perform.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com.
Call 571-4343 or visit charlestonpourhouse.com for more information.
Donavon Frankenreiter began his life in the spotlight as a professional surfer.
After signing a sponsorship deal with Billabong at 16, Frankenreiter began traveling extensively, which eventually led him to Oahu, Hawaii.
It was there that Franken-reiter began renting a room from the parents of fellow surfer and aspiring musician Jack Johnson.
The pair struck up an immediate friendship, and Johnson later would produce Frankenreiter’s 2004 self-titled solo debut.
His surf-influenced, dance-rock style produced eight albums and several well-received singles, such as “Move by Yourself,” “Life, Love & Laughter” and “Free.”
His current solo album, “Start Livin’ ” was released earlier this year.
Frankenreiter will perform Tuesday at the Windjammer, 1007 Ocean Blvd., the Isle of Palms, with Seth Pettersen.
Tickets are $16 in advance, $21 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at the-windjammer.com.
All tickets include a copy of Frankenreiter’s new CD. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 886-8596 for more information.