When: Fri., Feb. 22 2013
Southern roots-rock inflected hip hop, 9 p.m.
When we last spoke to New York-based hip-hopper and Lowcountry native McKenzie Eddy, she told us about a gallery/live-music venue/hangout that she and her boss, noted music and fashion impresario Damon Dash, were planning to open in the heart of the Holy City. Well, after months and months of hard work, it seems that the shop, 541 King, is just about ready to make its Charleston debut. If all goes according to plan, the shop will open in March. Unfortunately, Eddy’s day job has prevented her from devoting time to her music. “Honestly,” Eddy says, “I’ve been working on getting the store open.” That said, she has managed to record some new material. Case in point: The Southern Stomp EP, a spacey, funky, folky, bluegrassy, hip-hoppy collection she recorded last September with John Cranford, Sean O’Connell, and Kat CHR. It’s like the spoken-word love child of Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, John Frusciante, and Citizen Cope. Noted singer-songwriter Angie Aparo also offered a helping hand, co-writing “Comin’ Around,” a duet with Eddy and Cranford. When it comes to Aparo, Eddy says, “He is awesome. We’ve actually been working on something else together.” As usual, we look forward to hearing it. —Chris Haire FRIDAY