The Lone Bellow
Things were not always this good for Zach Williams, the lead singer and songwriter of the buzzing new alt-country trio The Lone Bellow. There was a moment, many years ago now, when his wife lay paralyzed after falling from a horse that Williams struggled to keep their spirits up. Out of desperation, Williams taught himself to play guitar and began singing songs to his young bride.
But in those dark days, Williams' rare vocal range and gift for songwriting began to shine.
His wife eventually made a full recovery, and Williams decided to call his friend and fellow guitarist Brian Elmquist about starting a band. Along with Kanene Donehey Pipkin on mandolin and vocals, The Lone Bellow was born in Brooklyn.
The trio recorded its self-titled debut last year with Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) on Sony BMG's new imprint Descendant Records. That album has since risen to No. 64 on the Billboard 200 and earned high praise from publications including Rolling Stone, USA Today and others.
The Lone Bellow will perform Thursday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., with opener Jordan Igoe as the headliners of the second annual Dig South Festival. Tickets for the show are $17.50 in advance, $21.50 the day of the show, and are available online at charlestonmusichall.com.
Dig South is "the first and foremost event elevating the Southeastern digital economy." Held for this first time last April, the event connects executives, entrepreneurs and other leading innovators across an array of industries.
The festival includes an interactive conference, tech and creative industry expo, investor pitch events, hackathon, parties, concerts and more.
For more, go to digsouth.com.
The Original Wailers
Tracing the branches that make up The Wailers' long and confusing history requires a lot of diagrams and charts, so here's the abridged version:
The Wailers started in 1963 with founding members Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh. Marley split from the band in 1974 to form Bob Marley and The Wailers and go on to international super stardom. When Marley died in 1981, several original members of Bob Marley and The Wailers formed The Wailers Band. Then guitarist Al Anderson decided to form his own band in 2008 called The Original Wailers. Take into account that Livingston performs solo under the name Bunny Wailer and you have a mindboggling number of Wailers who all play noteworthy roots reggae.
With longtime Marley collaborator and original Bob Marley and The Wailers guitarist Al Anderson at its helm, The Original Wailers is one of the last chances to hear the songs that shaped a genre.
The Original Wailers will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Ben Taylor. Tickets are $21 in advance, $25 the day of, and are available online at CharlestonPourHouse.Stranger Tickets.com or at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.
Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more.
Born in Bermuda and raised primarily on a sailboat drifting from one island to another throughout the Caribbean, Mishka Frith, known simply as Mishka, spent most of his youth playing music and windsurfing in between his homeschooling sessions.
The island culture and vagabond childhood is easy to hear in Mishka's music, and while his influence certainly stems from reggae, Mishka's ability to write from personal experience gives him a voice full of sincerity and originality.
His seventh and latest album, 2013's "The Journey," which was released on Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records, topped the Billboard Reggae Albums charts, becoming the singer-songwriter's fifth studio release to reach such heights.
Mishka will perform Monday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Sarah Blacker. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show slated to start at 8:30 p.m.
Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343.