Music Scene: Jars of Clay, George Porter Jr., Water Liars

By Matthew Godbey  Special to The Post and Courier   – Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay

Formed in college in the early ’90s by Charlie Lowell and Dan Haseltine out of a mutual appreciation for Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jars of Clay has gone on to be heralded as one of the most successful contemporary Christian groups in the world.

After building a following in its Greenville, Ill., birthplace, Jars of Clay traveled to Nashville, Tenn., in 1994 to compete in a national talent competition hosted by the Gospel Music Association. The quartet won the competition, prompting the members to drop out of college and relocate to Nashville in an effort to capitalize on the ensuing buzz around the band.

The risk paid off. Jars of Clay has since released 12 albums, winning three Grammy Awards of five nominations, nine GMA Dove awards and five Broadcast Music Inc. awards, among numerous other wins and nominations.

Jars of Clay will perform Sunday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with The Last Bison and Charleston-based rock quartet The Tarlatans. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show staring at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50–$35 and are available at the door, the Music Farm box office or online at Ticketfly.com.

Go to MusicFarm.com or call 577-6989 for more information.

George Porter Jr.

Accolades seem endless for the legendary bass man George Porter Jr.

The New Orleans native was a pivotal member of the legendary funk band The Meters beginning in 1965. As co-founder, bassist and singer, Porter helped take The Meters to the forefront of the funk movement and became one of the recognized godfathers of the genre itself.

While his bass playing has led him to collaborate with some of music’s most recognizable names, among them Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, Patti Labelle, Jimmy Buffett and Tori Amos, Porter still finds time to head several projects of his own.

George Porter Jr. and The Runnin’ Pardners is one of those projects, incorporating a large brass section for an added depth into the funk landscape for which Porter is known.

The group will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show staring at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available online at Etix.com or at the door.

Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.

Water Liars

Less than two years ago, Justin Kinkel-Schuster played a few rough-draft versions of songs he had written for friend and fellow musician Andrew Bryant, an instance that resulted in a collaborative songwriting and performance duo.

The St. Louis-based Kinkel-Schuster went to Bryant’s native Mississippi, where the pair spontaneously recorded its debut in a small mill town with one microphone, a small collection of instruments and a kinetic energy that spun out an entire album in three days.

The duo released its sophomore album, “Wyoming,” in March, once again showcasing a painful, simple honesty void of the generic, pretentious predictability typically associated with modern indie music that sounds as though the pair would be as happy playing in its living room as it would in front of an audience.

Water Liars will perform Sunday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with Elim Bolt, New Madrid and Heaven. Tickets are $5 at the door and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.