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SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week

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SOUL/R&B | Anthony Hamilton

w/ Heather Headley
Thurs. April 13
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
$45

Early on during the making of Ain't Nobody Worryin', soul man Anthony Hamilton's follow-up to his million-selling 2003 album Coming From Where I'm From, the singer had to shut down recording because of bruised vocal chords. For any singer, this would be cause for concern. For Hamilton, who had endured two failed record deals, the prospect of getting sidelined could have been reason to panic. He refused to entertain such thoughts. "I didn't allow myself to feel that because I felt like there was so much more for me to do," he says. "Really fast, I kind of got rid of the fear of, you know, of not being able to go on my musical life. Hamilton's voice did come back, and he's in fine form on Ain't Nobody Worryin', which features a strong set of songs rooted in the late-'60s/early-'70s golden era of soul. "I think to revisit that and to relaunch it is definitely important," Hamilton says. "I think it is part of my job." Grammy-nominated vocalist Heather Headley, touring in support of a new album titled In My Mind (RCA), opens the show at 7:30 p.m. —Alan Sculley THURSDAY


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FUNK-JAM | North Mississippi Allstars

w/ Trevor Hall
Thurs. April 13
Music Farm
$15

Kin-based blues legacies are a dying breed in the hill country around Memphis, but the Dickinsons live on. North Mississippi Allstars' 2005 release of Electric Blue Watermelon affirmed the power of their dynasty by paying respect to fellow blues families. The album also got a Grammy nod for "Best Contemporary Blues Album." Luther and Cody Dickinson, sons of famed producer Jim Dickinson, grew up around late-great bluesmen R.L. Burnside and Otha Turner. Studying these legends, Luther polished his bottleneck slide on the six-string while Cody learned to keep time. Big man bassist Chris Chew joined to fill the low-end. The boys honed their dirty-sweatin' fun style in old Delta juke joints, playing for tips and whiskey. Among others, Electric Blue Watermelon pays tribute to the late Lee Baker, who shared the stage with Jim Dickinson in famed Memphis act Mudboy and the Neutrons. In Mudboy tradition, the Allstars cut their new record in the heart of Memphis at Sam Phillip's studio, and called on father Jim to produce. Guest spots include: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Robert Randolph, Lucinda Williams and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. —Ian Wheeler THURSDAY


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ROCK | The Krushtones

Fri. April 14 / Sat. April 15
Sand Dollar
$1 (venue membership fee)

The Krushtones — a vintage Charleston "rock 'n' roll party band" featuring local singer/guitarist John Krucke (of Decorated Dirt) — returns for a 21st anniversary reunion weekend at the Sand Dollar on Folly Beach. The band was well-known in the '80s and early-'90s as a serious, boogie-down rock production. This week's lineup includes Krucke, his cousin David Kushubar on bass, drummer Dennis Davis, and Mike Murray on keys, accordion, and trombone. All four share vocal duties. "Dennis is one of over 20 different drummers who worked with us," says Krucke. "He started with us in 1986 and stayed on for just about a year, but it was a great year when we really defined our sound. It will be the same party rock 'n' roll we've always done. There will be lots of Beatles, Stones, Who, Grateful Dead, and Chuck Berry-type covers, as well as a few Krushtones originals including The Sand Dollar's favorite, 'Got A Date With A Babe.' If I can find a trumpet, we may even play Bob Dylan's 'Rainy Day Women.'" The Sand Dollar is located at 7 Center St. on Folly Beach. Call 588-9498 for info or go to www.johnkrucke.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY/SATURDAY


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COUNTRY | Rhett Akins

w/ Jamey Johnson
Tues. April 18
The Plex
$15 ($12 adv.)

Georgia-bred country boy Rhett Akins is all about raisin' a ruckus and having a down-home good time, as demonstrated on the denim-clad singer/guitarist's recent album, Friday Night in Dixie (Audium). Akins grew up in Valdosta and learned guitar at age 11. In 1992, he moved to Nashville and began recording a mix of neo-traditionalist country and Southern rock-tinged originals. The 1994 album A Thousand Memories featured his first Top 40 single, "That Ain't My Truck." Follow-up tunes "What They're Talkin' About" and "I Brake for Brunettes" hit the charts as well. The titled track on Friday Night in Dixie was co-written by Charlie Daniels. The LP also features an acoustic "back porch" version of "That Ain't My Truck." His forthcoming full-length is titled People Like Me. Show time for this evening's all-ages concert is 8:30 p.m. Check www.rhettakins.com for more. —TBL TUESDAY


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