Although we twangers are located all across this great United States of America, and while Boston often gets a little more recognition on this blog thanks to the tireless efforts of Mayer, little ole’ me takes up residence in the capital city of South Carolina. Being a college town, we get our share of young bands putting their mark on the city and beyond. Here are a few that have caught my ear of late and links for you to check out their music. If you are so inclined, purchase an album or two, as I’m sure they’d be much obliged.
Cancellieri – Simple instrumentation and, what feels like honesty, bring Ryan Hutches’ catchy melodies to life.
RIYL: Iron and Wine, M. Ward, IPAs
Elonzo – More in the vein of Wilco than say, Gram, Elonzo, hailing from Rock Hill, South Carolina, punch out tales of everyday life in a small Southern town.
RIYL: Wrinkle Neck Mules, Old 97s, Coors
The Restoration – If Daniel Machado’s biting lyrics on New South Blues don’t win you over, I’m not sure what will.
RYIL: The Low Anthem, Carolina Chocolate Drops, whiskey sour
Stagbriar – The brother/sister duo of Emily and Alex McCollum feature chilling harmonies mixed with colorful storytelling on their first full-length.
RIYL: She and Him, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, merlot
The Dunder Chiefs – I could like this band just for the fact that their name is from a misheard AC/DC lyric, (dunder chiefs/done dirt cheap) but, they happen to sound pretty damn good as well.
RIYL: Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Guinness