When: Sat., Sept. 27 2014
Americana, 10 p.m.
Local Americana band Don Merckle and the Blacksmiths have been busy this year. They’ve not only released their debut The Puglist on Columbia-based Jangly Records, but they’ve also got a brand new website up and running. The guys even recently shot videos for “Ballad of an Angry Man” and “Murder on My Mind” with Charleston-based Portable Madness Productions. The latter involved coping with the Lowcountry’s often uncomfortably warm weather. “We filmed in the back of an old warehouse in North Charleston. It was hot as hell and there was no air, but we worked with some really great, talented guys and had a lot of fun with it,” Merckle says. “The song is essentially about a guy who has lost everything — his job, his family — and, feeling he has no choice, has resorted to some desperate measures to try and turn things around.” Fans of Whiskeytown will feel at home with the Charleston band’s alt-country sound. Don Merckle and the Blacksmiths will be joined by Charleston-based folk-country foursome Wrenwood. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY