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SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week

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GOSPEL-ROCK | The Lee Boys
Thurs. March 2
The Pour House
$7

In the same vein as Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Fla.-based sextet The Lee Boys — guitarist and bandleader Alvin Lee, vocalists Derrick Lee and Keith Lee, steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier, drummer Earl Walker, and bassist "Little Alvin" Cordy — crank out "some of the finest African-American sacred steel music" on the East Coast. The Lee Boys' "sacred steel" style was initially rooted in Southern gospel music, but incorporated bits of R&B, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, classic country, and world music. "You got to see these guys," bassist Oteil Burbridge told City Paper last month. "I got turned on to sacred steel music from Derek Trucks and Allen Woody. There are only a few bands in that style of music that play outside of the church. The Lee Boys are so much fun. For them, it's just taken for granted that the spirituality is not just a part of their music but everything. They live it 24/7 and it's really joyful. They kick butt, man ... very inspired." Amen, brother. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


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FOLK-ROCK | James Taylor
Fri. March 3
N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
$85, $65 (sold out)

James Taylor is a curious character. He was born in Massachusettes and raised in North Carolina. He's considered to be the epitome of the sensitive, American "singer/songwriter." His 1976 Greatest Hits album sold more than 10 million copies. He starred alongside Beach Boy Dennis Wilson as a hippie race car driver in the 1971 film Two-Lane Blacktop. He married and divorced singer/songwriter Carly Simon. His hit singles include "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "Shower the People," and "You've Got a Friend." He covered Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" and Jimmy James' "Handy Man." He was animated in a guest role in The Simpsons in 1994 for the episode "Deep Space Homer." He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He's performing a solo "evening with" show this week. —TBL FRIDAY


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Folk-ROCK | Glen Phillips
w/ Melissa Ferrick
Tues. March 7
Windjammer
$17 ($15 adv.)

Touring all by his lonesome with a pile of new acoustic songs, folk-pop singer/guitarist Glen Phillips — known best as the former frontman for the Santa Barbara-based alterna-pop group Toad the Wet Sprocket — heads back to Charleston for an intimate, early-evening show supporting his forthcoming album, Mr. Lemons (Big Helium). Toad the Wet Sprocket enjoyed success in the early-'90s with two Top 40 singles — "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean." After the band's breakup in '98, Phillips started a solo career and released his 2001 debut, Albulum, followed by last year's effort, Winter Pays for Summer. Recorded in Nashville, Mr. Lemons was assembled with the goal of capturing the feel of his live performances in the studio. "Instead of starting with rhythm tracks and adding vocals at the end of the record, songs were either recorded with live lead vocals and a full band or built up from a solo vocal and guitar performance," says Phillips. "Overdubs were done with musicians playing together in small ensembles to allow more spontaneity and musical interaction." Show time is 8:30 p.m. —TBL TUESDAY


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Groove-ROCK | G. Love & Special Sauce
Tues. March 7
Music Farm
$22.50

Groovin' and croonin' from a strong musical foundation rooted in the rich Philadelphia scene, G. Love & Special Sauce initially put their jams together in 1994. They gradually got their act together and made a splash on the collegiate jam-band scene with a funky sound and a friendly vibe. With Garrett "G. Love" Dutton on guitar, vocals, and harmonica, Jeff Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on upright bass, the band returns to Charleston for a show featuring tunes off their recent album, Hustle (some of their liveliest material ever recorded). Released under fellow acoustic/electric groover Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records banner, the album highlights G. Love's earthy blend of hip-hop, funk, acoustic blues, and rock grooves. —TBL TUESDAY


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