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The Corduroy Road takes Home Team back to its "roots"

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The Corduroy Road
Fri. July 10
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ (Sullivan's Island)

Squeezing our way through the new Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ on Sullivan's Island Friday night was quite a feat. The weeks-old restaurant and music venue was packed with a mixed crowd, mostly mid 20-somethings, chowing down on brisket and collard greens, and drinking themselves slowly into jam mode for musical act The Corduroy Road — a bluegrass/Americana, indie-looking band from Athens, Ga.

By 9:30 p.m., the stage in the back right corner of the swanky tin-and-wood-framed barbecue joint was looking particularly empty, except for the band's equipment, a bucket of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and some interesting wall decor (thank goodness). Trying to spot out the band, I asked Chip, a local landscape artiste sporting shaggy hair and a bandana headband, if he was with the band: "No, I wish."

I got a look shortly thereafter when The Corduroy Road, who instead had on an assortment of plaid shorts, jeans, and facial hair, came on for a soundcheck. A trio of cougars-in-training were already at the front of the limited dance space ready to shake it down. Once the first set started, they joined the Guy in the Red Shirt in hooting and making the best moves they could (without leveling the plate-bearing waitresses walking to the kitchen).

The music was a foot-stomping meld of guitar rifts and banjo-picking (who doesn't love live banjo?), and the guys in the band were getting just as kinetic as their dance-floor fans. I'm not sure how many people got up to dance for the remainder of the band's Friday night show, but I hope the crowds at Awendaw Green on Saturday and at the Surf Bar on Sunday gave the band reason to keep up the energy the rest of the weekend.

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