Music Scene: Charles Walker and the Dynamites, Collie Buddz, Elim Bolt

By Matthew Godbey

Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Charles Walker and the Dynamites
  • Elim Bolt is fronted by Johnnie Matthews (center).
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    Elim Bolt is fronted by Johnnie Matthews (center).

Charles Walker and the Dynamites

At 73, Nashville, Tenn., native Charles Walker is one of the few original soul singers still working, with a career spanning more than 50 years.

Walker released his first album in 1959 before he moved to New York and eventually joined the J.C. Davis band. During his tenure there, Walker performed alongside such legends as James Brown, Etta James, Wilson Pickett and Jackie Wilson.

Following his split with the J.C. Davis band, Walker spent most of his time running his art gallery in New York before returning to music as a songwriter for Motown in 1979 and eventually as a solo artist in the ’90s. He teamed with the Dynamites in 2007 for the album “Kaboom,” and has remained part of the collaboration ever since.

Charles Walker and the Dynamites will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Etix.com.

Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com.

Collie Buddz

Born in New Orleans, raised in Bermuda and educated in Orlando, Fla., reggae MC Colin Harper, aka Collie Buddz, uses his geographic diversity in his music to craft a roots-reggae foundation while building on it with elements of hip-hop and R&B.

After collaborating with Shaggy on the 2007 album “Intoxication,” Harper released his self-titled debut later that same year to critical praise and high sales. The album helped Harper garner attention for several prominent colleagues seeking collaborations with the up-and-coming MC, including Beyonce, Kid Cudi, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Snoop Lion, Akon, SOJA and others.

Harper’s latest album, “Playback,” was released in 2011.

Collie Buddz will perform Thursday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Cris Cab and New Kingston. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door, the Music Farm box office or online at Ticketfly.com.

Go to MusicFarm.com.

Elim Bolt

Local indie-rock quintet Elim Bolt quietly emerged on the scene last year with its seven-song album “Nude South.”

Since that time, the band has proven to be a rarity among the typical Charleston sound, leaning more toward slumberous hooks and enveloping indie-pop with hints of dreamy ’50s-era rock than the alt-country and folk sounds.

Elim Bolt will perform Saturday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with Estrangers. Tickets are $5 at the door. Showtime is set for 9 p.m.

Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925.