Music Scene: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Blair Crimmins, Micah Dalton, The Piedmont Boys
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, September 11, 2013
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Like most Southern soul singers, Paul Janeway began singing in his church, only with plans of becoming a preacher. As Janeway puts it, however, the church didn’t agree with his appreciation of Prince, Tom Waits and dirty jokes, leaving the young Alabama native in need of a new career choice.
Several years and many incarnations later, Janeway landed on a patchwork of fellow misfit musicians to form St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a soul, blues and old-time act with big-band tendencies that seeks more to honor the past than to redefine it.
The Birmingham, Ala.-based sextet will perform Sunday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, in support of their debut album, “Greetings from St. Paul and The Broken Bones.” Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Etix.com.
Call 571-4343 or go to www.charlestonpourhouse.com.
A musical historian of sorts, Atlanta-based musician and band leader Blair Crimmins plays the liveliest music of the dead with such an authentic form that one often finds themselves wondering if they have stumbled upon some obscure, Depression-era, gypsy-jazz recording.
Crimmins takes patches of ragtime, blues and jazz and stitches them onto the fabric of modern-day bluegrass and Americana. He creates a sound that echoes the ghosts of its musical past as garishly as the city streets and clubs in which Crimmins plays Thursday.
Haunting yet advancing and accessible, Crimmins brings back the music that helped heal the hearts of a struggling nation.
Blair Crimmins will perform Thursday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Ave., in support of his new album, “Sing-a-Longs,” which came out Tuesday. Also performing will be Flat Foot Floozies and Double Trash. Tickets are $5 at the door with the show set to begin at 9 p.m.
Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925.
Micah Dalton’s Southern, blues-inspired rock/pop is as much a historical journey as it is a relevant movement in today’s blistering folk-pop movement.
The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter has produced four full-length albums since surfacing in 2004, including his latest and most pop-driven release, 2012’s “Blue Frontier.”
The mood of Dalton’s music is typically swampy, sultry, painfully yearning and yet triumphantly uplifting, the kind of music that invites as much dancing as thoughtful listening. Lyrically, Dalton writes about real life, the trials and tribulations of transforming into an adult, but also about the kind of stories told from front-porch rocking chairs echoing a rich past of music and struggle.
Micah Dalton will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with fellow Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Nathan Angelo. Tickets are $5 at the door, which opens at 9 p.m.
Go to The-Windjammer.com or call 886-8596.
The Piedmont Boys
Hailing from the Appalachian foothills outside Greenville comes the bluegrass and country sextet The Piedmont Boys.
The band 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 as a result.
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.
Finding success with its image of genuineness and close-to-home musical style, The Piedmont Boys 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 with Outshyne. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at The-Windjammer.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.