Defilers land sweet opening slot for Hag

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In the office today, we were all happily surprised to read the news that Charleston’s own “greaser rock” trio The Defilers were officially added as the openers for legendary country music veteran Merle Haggard. The show is set for Fri. August 10 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

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“The Hag,” as he’s affectionately referred to by friends and fans, is pushing 70, but showing no signs of slowing down. His latest effort is The Bluegrass Sessions, his first official studio album diving into bluegrass. It’s to be released this fall on bluegrass string player Del McCoury’s McCoury Music label.

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While The Defilers usually crank things up good and hard and fast on the local bar stages, they’ll likely handle this concert event with a bit more sober refinement. Maybe. Singer/guitarist Arleigh Hertzler, bassist Michael Dumas, and drummer Duck Reynolds usually run on burp-inducing fuel, so fans should cross the fingers. Will they dare to play a cover of “Okie From Muskogee” before Haggard’s set? We’ll see…

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $45 (plus applicable fees).

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