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Chive Summer Kickoff Party w/Trick Knee duo

When: Sat., May 25, 12 p.m.-2 a.m. 2013

North Charleston-based country songwriter Saul Brooks has two different types of roots. One is in the '90s grunge scene, where he draws inspiration from artists like Alice in Chains. The other is in Johnson City, Tenn., the town where he grew up. "Being in a small town, there's not a whole lot to do, and you almost know everybody," Brooks says. "You sing about love and the parties you've had and friends and whatnot." Indeed, those topics keep coming up in Brooks' fun-loving songs, which he sings in a voice that splits the difference between Appalachian twang and alt-rock growl. But one song of his, "God Loves Me Too," isn't what you think it is. Brooks explains that back when he lived in Tennessee, he and the band were en route to play a memorial concert for a family who had lost a father and husband when they got a call from the town's all-powerful preacher. "We say he had Footloose syndrome. He sort of ran the town," Brooks says. The preacher man told them they should just turn around. "[He said] that he knew the guy personally and that he could tell us right now that he wouldn't want us there because we play the devil's music," Brooks says. So the band went back home. Needless to say, Brooks wanted to write a nasty song about the preacher, but instead he took the high road. The result is a song that sounds as much like a contrite prayer as it does a sideways jab at his accuser. "Father who art in heaven/ Can you tell my mother I tried?" Brooks sings. "We all look the same through your eyes/ But they know their place and I know mine." Touché, country boy. —Paul Bowers SATURDAY

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