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Betsy Franck and the Bareknuckle Band

When: Fri., May 25 2012

This weekend is a sort of homecoming for songwriter Betsy Franck. The Athens, Ga.-based musician spent her early singing career in Charleston after graduating from Converse College in Spartanburg. A young 20-something with a powerful voice, Franck played nearly every night of the week in cover bands before leaving the Holy City for Asheville, N.C., and then Athens. “It’s cool to look at Charleston and hear so many original acts coming out of there,” Franck says. “When I was there, that didn’t seem to be the case. I wanted to take a break from the craziness of playing seven nights a week. I felt my life was on Market Street. I decided the mountains were a good place to figure out what my voice was going to be.” A lifelong music lover with eclectic tastes, Franck has indulged in everything from jam bands to traditional bluegrass, but she went a little alt-country after moving to Georgia. Hints of vintage soul, R&B, and funk have made their way into her music, too. Franck and her current backing group recently released a disc titled Still Waiting, which is a fine example of her musical versatility, with elements of Western boogie, slow-burn organ-driven blues, and Crazy Horse-esque country-rock. She describes her new string band-style solo album, This Far, as “teary-eyed mountain music.” For this weekend’s Home Team BBQ show, she and the band have a guest fiddler ready to mix it up on stage.

Chris Parker

Price: $5

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