Music Scene: ZZ Ward, Turf War, The Piedmont Boys
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Thursday, June 6, 2013
Zsuzsanna “ZZ” Ward was destined, it seems, to be a star.
After the Pennsylvania native joined her first band at age 12, she knew it was where she belonged. Not long afterward, Ward moved to Los Angeles and signed with songwriter, producer and A&R mage Evan “Kidd” Bogart, who has written for and/or produced such acts as Beyonce, Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Augustana, among many others.
Now 27, Ward is riding the wave of her pop-blues/soul 2012 debut, “Til the Casket Drops,” an album that has already produced a Top 40 single, “Put the Gun Down.”
ZZ Ward will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Silent Comedy. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at Etix.com.
Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com for more information.
It’s been a while since a band like Turf War came along.
The Atlanta-based quintet is that booze-fueled, socially apathetic punk-rock band pushing its amps in on skateboards for the party that we all wanted to be at when things like responsibility and financial stability were voids within the teenage consciousness.
If you can imagine hipster-punks playing Southern-inspired indie-punk about skating, drinking and growing up in a way that doesn’t feel contrived or gimmicked or trendy, then you have a sense for what Turf War brings to the table.
The band originally formed in Augusta in 2009 before moving to Atlanta and signing with Old Flame Records (Dead Confederate, Twin Tigers). The band spent two years sharpening its sound on the road before recording its 2011 debut, “Years of Living Dangerously,” under the production guidance of Ian St. Pe from The Black Lips.
Turf War will perform Tuesday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with The Lean Few. Tickets are $5 at the door and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.
The Piedmont Boys
Hailing from the Appalachian foothills outside Greenville, the bluegrass and country sextet The Piedmont Boys released its self-titled debut in 2007 after its popularity in the Upstate bar scene began to grow and quickly set out to tour the Southeast.
The Piedmont Boys’ mix of outlaw country, Appalachian bluegrass and Southern rock made the band a representative of several popular genres with deep roots throughout the Southeast.
The band found success with its image of genuineness and close-to-home musical style, and released its second album, “Walking Pneumonia,” in 2008.
Since its inception, the band has performed alongside the likes of Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Tracy Lawrence, Blackberry Smoke and Gretchen Wilson.
The Piedmont Boys will perform Saturday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Hidden Still. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Call 886-8596 or go to The-Windjammer.com for more information.