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B.B. King Holds Court Living The Life of Riley at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach on July 7

B.B. King with Lucille.

B.B. King with Lucille.

By Brian M. Howle

Rarely will you ever hear me proselytize about the need for everyone to hear this one artist at least one time in your individual lifetimes. Music, much like life, tends to be both abject and objective. So when I think of an artist who bridges all genres, all generations, all boundaries real or imagined – I can only find one, storied name.

And I don’t think you’ll be too surprised to know my choice for this title is B.B. King, which is made even more delectable by the fact that the legendary bluesman will bring his merry band of compatriots to House Of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

I’ve attended every show that B.B. has performed at HOB since it opened in 1999, and each one remains ensconced atop my considerably extensive concert attendance record as the most enjoyable – by both the audience and the artist.

If you’ve never seen B.B. live, you’ve only yourself to blame.  In 64 years, he’s performed over 15,000 concerts … so these shows are special.

Here’s a little of the history of this true icon, from his official website:

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 87 (88 on his birthday, Sept. 16), he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don’t look for him in some kind of semi-retirement; look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of T.V. commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can’t get enough of him.

For more than half a century, Riley B. King – better known as B.B. King – has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, near Indianola. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career. Memphis was where every important musician of the South gravitated, and which supported a large musical community where every style of African American music could be found. B.B. stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled B.B. further in the art of the blues.

B.B.’s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. “King’s Spot,” became so popular, it was expanded and became the “Sepia Swing Club.” Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.

In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.’s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille.

Soon after his number one hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” B.B. began touring nationally. In 1956, B.B. and his band played an astonishing 342 one-night stands. From the chitlin circuit with its small-town cafes, juke joints, and country dance halls to rock palaces, symphony concert halls, universities, resort hotels and amphitheaters, nationally and internationally, B.B. has become the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years.

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist’s vocabulary. His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In B.B.’s words, “When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”

The decades of bonding with his fans gives B.B. the extra comfort of being himself no matter what happens.  If he had a bad day, he’ll tell you about it but he won’t dwell on it; same if he had a great day.  Telling the stories of the blues in the context of B.B. King’s perspective makes them palpable when he regales them, interacting with his veteran bandmates in a way that transcends being a musician or a professional performer … they are the very epitome of brothers, baptized in the harsh reality of the history of their lives as black men in a predominately white market.  They don’t feed on the negative, except to draw from experience that can be put to words and music, and conveyed to us all as the blues.

His age and advanced diabetes requires that B.B. sit for the duration of his show, but it doesn’t lessen that signature sound or prevent him from sharing a laugh.  These are shows that remain, vibrant and fresh, in your memory banks forever … don’t let this chance to experience this delightful legend’s soulful sound slip you by.

B.B. continues to tour extensively, averaging over 250 concerts per year around the world. Classics such as “Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” How Blue Can You Get,” “Everyday I Have The Blues,” and “Why I Sing The Blues” are concert (and fan) staples. Over the years, the Grammy Award-winner has had two #1 R&B hits, 1951’s “Three O’Clock Blues,” and 1952’s “You Don’t Know Me,” and four #2 R&B hits, 1953’s “Please Love Me,” 1954’s “You Upset Me Baby,” 1960’s “Sweet Sixteen, Part I,” and 1966’s “Don’t Answer The Door, Part I.” B.B.’s most popular crossover hit, 1970’s “The Thrill Is Gone,” went to #15 pop.

I know, it almost writes itself .. but come hear the thrill before it’s gone, when B.B. King leaves his legacy at House Of Blues in N. Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday, July 7, 2013. Doors open 7:30 pm. For ticket info call 843-272-3000 or Ticketmaster 843-679-9333; or visit or
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The Black Crowes To Migrate Back Onstage At House Of Blues Myrtle Beach On May 19

The Black Crowes.

The Black Crowes (L-R): Steve Gorman, Rich Robinson, Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, Sven Pipien and Adam MacDougall. Photo by Ross Halfin.

By Brian M. Howle

There is an undeniable bond between brothers, as any mix of male siblings will attest; and sometimes the best you can hope for is, well, a minimum of carnage or fallout.

And other times – as in this case – regardless of how smooth or bumpy the road has been, the world is blessed with a resulting collaboration (along with some very talented friends) which gives us all a plethora of good times, good quotes and – best of all – good music.

Thankfully, those of us along the Grand Strand can all be witness to the latter. Because pound for pound (or oz. for oz., depending on your stash), one of the best bands to ever hit a studio or stage; the pride of our southern bordering neighbor, Georgia; the clarions of born-again hippies – The Black Crowes – are once again coming to grace the stage at House Of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on Sunday, May 19.

The iconic and influential rock band released their first-ever double album of all acoustic materials, Croweology, in 2010 before taking an extended hiatus to recharge and refresh the band, and currently have returned to the road in 2013 with their “Lay Down with Number 13” world tour,which includes a stop along the shore at our fair little town. The trek launched with five sold-out U.K. shows and and is now in progress in the U.S., continuing through June 2.  After that, the band will return to Europe for a leg of dates June 18 to July 6, including headlining shows, festivals and two stadium concerts with Bruce Springsteen.

The Black Crowes – Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Rich Robinson (guitar, vocals), Steve Gorman (drums), Sven Pipien (bass), Adam MacDougall (keyboards) and new member Jackie Greene (guitar, vocals)–will reach deep inside their songbook and extensive catalog, performing greatly varied set lists. And leading into the tour, the iconic and influential band have just released the live collection, Wiser For The Time  (Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records) on March 19.  Its mammoth eight sides on four vinyl albums contains 26 songs–15 acoustic and 11 electric–from the band’s five-night, sold-out NYC performances in the fall of 2010. These never-released-before versions are also available as a double album digital download. The band’s cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” was exclusively premiered on on March 4 and can be heard at the link below. The full track listing for the collection can be found at

Click here to listen to “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” on

The Black Crowes have sold over 20 million albums and are known as one of rock’s best live acts.  They have been called “The Most Rock n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band In the World” and a “thoroughbred American rock ‘n’ freakin’ roll band”; their panoramic live shows feature alternating set lists and signature incendiary musical explorations. In 2010, they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame at the 32ndAnnual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show. Also in 2010, they commemorated the 20th anniversary of their landmark multi-platinum debut, 1990′s Shake Your Moneymaker, with Croweology (Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records), their acclaimed first-ever double album of all-acoustic material with new arrangements of their best-loved songs and deep cuts. Produced by Paul Stacey, Croweology gives listeners an intimate retrospective, stripping away these fan and band favorites like “Jealous Again,” “Remedy,” “She Talks to Angels” and “Wiser Time” to their very essence through brand new recordings captured in 2009 at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles.

Right from their start in 1990 – with their six million-selling Shake Your Money Maker, a pivotal work that kick started an authentic style of rock and roll in America – The Black Crowes have been at odds with prevailing commercial trends. Their heady mix of ‘70s inflected rock, Funkadelic soul and heartfelt roots music jostled against the hair metal and high-gloss pop getting airplay at the start of that decade. While the sheer attitude and charm of “Hard To Handle” and “Twice As Hard” managed to make waves, the intervening years have seen the band steadily evolve an increasingly refined, singular sound that takes the best parts of hard rock, gospel, country, psychedelia and anything else it fancies into their hungry maw to create something several light years beyond the young men who recorded “She Talks To Angels.”

And it didn’t hurt that the band caught the ear (and eye) of late night icon David Letterman, who showcased The Black Crowes prominently on then-NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, propelling the band into mainstream America as a compliment to the already raging FM play the band was receiving on the campuses of colleges across the nation. After Letterman switched to CBS, The Black Crowes have continued to make appearances to the delight of the host and nation alike.

“Even in our most commercially successful period,” says Chris, “there was nothing like us on any format. By the time grunge happened, Southern Harmony (1992) and amorica (1994) didn’t fit into any part of popular music. We looked different, we sounded different, and we set up our culture a little different,” he adds. “Everybody who wanted to bag us because they thought they knew what we were missed out on a lot of good music, good concerts and a band that, even at our weirdest, had something to say.”

The Black Crowes not only had something to say; they became known as as one of rock’s best live acts and have been called a “thoroughbred American rock ‘n’ freakin’ roll band.” Their panoramic live shows feature alternating set lists and signature incendiary musical explorations that are designed to take audiences on a journey.

The band took a break starting in late 2001 which turned out to be a four-year-hiatus. Then, on January 11, 2005, The Black Crowes announced their highly anticipated and long-awaited return to the live concert stage with five special shows at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom (March 22-30, 2005). All five concerts – billed by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson as ‘’All Join Hands” – sold out instantly, marking the fastest New York sell-out that The Black Crowes have experienced to date. To meet the absolutely overwhelming fan demand, two more shows were added at Hammerstein. And those sold out. Total tickets sold in New York City: 22,000. Clearly, The Black Crowes were back.

Since then, the touring dynamos have explored their extensive catalog on main stages from Bonnaroo to the Voodoo Music Experience to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, celebrating nearly two decades of “Cosmic Rock-n-Roll” in front of sold-out audiences everywhere. The Black Crowes are one of the few acts to emerge in the early ‘90s still thriving today. And fewer still can claim to have shared the stage with Jimmy Page, AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Who. Like these legends, The Black Crowes create music that endures because it speaks to more than momentary concerns – and now, they are once again touring the world, bringing their Freak N’ Roll to the devoted fans that have embraced them. As always, The Black Crowes continue to do things their own way.

On a personal note, I have had the great fortune and pleasure to have attended every appearance by these boys at HOB over past 12-plus years, and as anyone who has attended will concur, they consistently rank in the Top 10 shows EVER at House Of Blues. Only, in all honesty, it’s not really a concert.  It’s more like having the preeminent R&R band in America perform in your living room, their playlist is more of a veritable snapshot of the past 25 years of your life than a concert.

So strap on your earth shoes, slide on your bell bottoms and best silk hippie shirts and blouses, and watch the clock to make sure to toast 4:20: ‘Cause one of the best bands ever to be born 20 years too late – The Black Crowes – will smoke the House Of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC, on Sunday, May 19.  Tickets are $39.50 in Advance; $42.50 Day of Show.  Doors open 7:30 p.m. For info call 843-272-3000; for tickets call 1-877-598-8497; or visit .

Beyond This Show:

As The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band continue their own spring tours, they’re excited about their recently announced co-headlining summer tour of outdoor venues along with special guests The London Souls. It runs July 19 in Nashville, TN through August 15 in Rochester Hills, MI.

And on May 9, Tedeschi Trucks Band took home three awards at the Blues Music Awards: Best Band, Best Rock Blues Album (Everybody’s Talkin’) and Best Guitarist!

“We’ve been fortunate to be able to tour with many great bands in our career including Jimmy Page, The Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Who, Tom Petty and Oasis,” says The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson.  “This tour will be just as exciting for us. I was able to see Derek and Susan recently and was blown away.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this summer tour will unfold and what surprises happen.”  Chris Robinson says, “We’re over the moon not only to be playing with stellar musicians but the fact that Susan and Derek are friends makes our summer run that much more fulfilling.”

“It’s going to be great to be out with the Crowes this summer–both bands are road-tested and shoot from the hip,” says Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band.  “It should be a hell of a tour.”  His wife Susan Tedeschi agrees: “The whole band is really looking forward to the summer tour.  We’re excited to work in some new songs from our upcoming album.  I’ve been a longtime fan of the Crowes and think our bands are going to have a blast touring together. “

Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-piece ensemble led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have proven themselves one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today. Formed in 2010 when Derek and Susan decided to set aside their successful solo careers and join forces, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers a hearty roots-rich musical mix fronted by Trucks’ signature slide guitar sound and Tedeschi’s pliant, honey-to-husk voice. With a repertoire that includes its Grammy-winning debut Revelator and dynamic live follow-up Everybody’s Talkin’, the band kicked off 2013 in the studio to record their second studio album, set for release in late summer. They recently wrapped up five shows in Australia and are back on tour in the U.S. this spring before launching the summer tour.

Here is the itinerary for THE BLACK CROWES/TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND with The London Souls tour.  Tickets for all shows are on sale now, except Nashville which goes on sale April 26 at 10:00 AM Central.

Fri-Jul-19 Nashville, TN The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel
Sat-Jul-20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun-Jul-21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Tue-Jul-23 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheatre
Wed-Jul-24 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Sat-Jul-27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
Tue-Jul-30 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Wed-Jul-31 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
Wed-Aug-07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Fri-Aug-09 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat-Aug-10 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach
Sun-Aug-11 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center
Tue-Aug-13 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River
Wed-Aug-14 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
Thu-Aug-15 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook

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Styx Brings Classic Rock Extraordinaire To House Of Blues Myrtle Beach Feb. 16

STYX – (L-R, Top) Chuck Panozzo, Ricky Phillips (bass), Todd Sucherman (drums); (Bottom) James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), and Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards). Photo by Ash Newell.

By Brian M. Howle

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. The band – founded by brothers Chuck and John Panozzo – was heavily influenced by lead vocalist and keyboard wiz Dennis DeYoung, who wrote almost all of the lyrics along with most of the music. James Young’s distinctive guitar style complimented the style, along with guitarist John Curulewski.

Early on, Styx’s music reflected such then-current prog rockers as Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Moody Blues, as evidenced by such releases as 1972’s self-titled debut, 1973’s Styx II, 1974’s The Serpent Is Rising, and 1975’s Man of Miracles. While the albums (as well as non-stop touring) helped the group build a substantial following locally, Styx failed to break through to the mainstream, until a track originally from their second album, “Lady” started to get substantial airplay in late ’74 on the Chicago radio station WLS-FM.

On the eve of the tour in support of 1975’s Equinox,  original guitarist John Curulewski abruptly left the band, and was replaced by Tommy Shaw. Shaw proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle for Styx, as most of their subsequent releases throughout the late ‘70s earned at least platinum certification (1976’s Crystal Ball, 1977’s The Grand Illusion, 1978’s Pieces of Eight, and 1979’s Cornerstone), and spawned such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself.”

1981’s Paradise Theater became Styx’s biggest hit of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as “Too Much Time on My Hands”. It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.

Styx went on hiatus until a full-on reunion tour in 1996. But drummer John Panozzo fell seriously ill at the time, which prevented him from joining the proceedings — as he passed away in July of the same year.

Although grief-stricken, Styx persevered with new drummer Todd Sucherman taking the place of Panozzo, as the Styx reunion tour became a surprise sold-out success, resulting in a whole new generation of rock fans being introduced to the grandiose sounds of Styx.

Now comprised of original members Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young on guitars/vocals, along with Lawrence Gowan on keys and lead vocals, Todd Sucherman on drums and Ricky Phillips on bass (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), Styx continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

Recently, the band released Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment). The landmark concert was recorded November 9, 2010 at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, on the tour that saw Styx perform both of their classic albums, The Grand Illusion and Pieces Of Eight, in their entirety for the first time. The 20-song, two-hour and 11-minute presentation features stunning high-definition visuals accenting the complex musical arrangements recorded in DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, and LPCM Stereo.

“This is the most magnificent piece of video we’ve done,” proclaims guitarist James “JY” Young. “Our two biggest selling albums performed live in their entirety, all captured in state-of-the-art high definition is something we’re extremely proud of. The collective skill set of the people involved in this project rivals NASA in its heyday.”

As singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw continues, “We loved creating a show around these two albums. It was a joyful challenge to match the mojo of the songs we’ve been playing for years against the edgier newness of the ones that had not been performed since the day they were recorded. And because the songs were sequenced for the album listener, it made for a completely different experience for the fans.”

Here’s the Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live DVD track listing:

1) Intro/1978
2) The Grand Illusion
3) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
4) Superstars
5) Come Sail Away
6) Miss America
7) Man In The Wilderness
8) Castle Walls
9) The Grand Finale
10) Great White Hope
11) I’m Okay
12) Sing For The Day
13) The Message
14) Lords Of The Ring
15) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
16) Queen Of Spades
17) Renegade
18) Keyboard Interlude
19) Pieces Of Eight
20) Aku-Aku

Oh,  you’ll want to make sure to get there early to catch opening band Connor Christian & Southern Gothic. They wouldn’t be opening for these boys unless they were good, kids … so get there early and check out these kids as well.

Rock to the Rescue—spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah–is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the band, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country.  It was founded on the principle that our communities are stronger when we work together in mutual aid.  Having played over 1500 shows in the last 14 years, Styx has been strongly connected with communities across the country.  With local fans and community members making an effort to join in support of Styx, it is important to the band to actively participate in these communities as well.  At each tour date, Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.  What makes Rock to the Rescue unique is that they work on a grassroots level with small groups, giving real support to real individuals who are creating positive changes in their communities. Rock to the Rescue is building initiatives in the areas of music education, health and well-being, disaster relief and aid, and animal welfare and rescue.

At each tour stop, Hannah Shaw researches local nonprofit organizations and picks one to see if they are interested in volunteering to help the band sell $10 tickets for a drawing to win a signed Styx guitar at the shows.  They give these organizations a percentage of the sales as their way of supporting their cause and thanking them for supporting the band’s cause.

You can find out more about Hannah’s work, as well as all about the band, their schedule, history, photos and official Styx merchandise at their official website:

The stage at House Of Blues was made for a show like this, as WYAV 104.1 FM presents Styx rocking out our own Paradise on Saturday, February 16, with opening act Connor Christian & Southern Gothic. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.00 Advance; $35.00 Day of Show.

For info on all shows, call 843-272-3000; for tickets call 1-877-598-8497; or visit .

This article was also published in Alternatives NewsMagazine,  Jan. 24, 2013 .


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Summer Concerts Heating Up At HOB For July And August

By Brian M. Howle

Whenever it gets to be this time of year, one of those recurring statements I hear repeatedly, ever single year without fail, is the rhetorical “Man, I can’t believe it’s this hot!” Bullfeathers.

Hey, Einstein – it’s summer! Our little rock rolls right by the bigass star in the center of our solar system, with our hemisphere at a more favorable sun angle, once every year, alright?  So enough with the bitchin’.

Besides, it nicely compliments the parade of shows that are neatly aligned with the real stars at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Landing, 4640 Highway 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the duration of the season – so here’s what’s in store for you over the next two months:

July has an eclectic mix, including a 5-night stellar string featuring just about every style of music for every taste!


Starting it off on Wednesday, July 19 will be Tank (aka Durrell Babbs), an R&B singer/songwriter/producer from the D.C./Maryland area. He’s written or produced for Dave Hollister, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Donell Jones and Monica, among others. He released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel in May, collaborating with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens.   Opening up for Tank will be Young Deon, so take it on the down low and be there.

.38 Special

On July 19, those Wild-Eyed Southern Boys will bring the finest in southern rock to town, as Jacksonville’s .38 Special hits the stage with the setlist featuring more hits than a bong at JerryFest. Donnie Van Zant and Don Barnes still front one of the best-sounding bands from southern climes to ever crunch a power chord on a Gibson. With familiar hits like “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “If I’d Been the One,” and “Back Where You Belong,” there’s no messing around when they start cranking those-  and many more – out for the faithful.  Always a crowd favorite, these boys never fail to put on a frenetic, memorable show.

On July 20, another iconic band from the south comes to town, but with a totally different sound but no less loved! The B52s – delightful and effervescent and still as campy and fun as when they cut their teeth on the college circuit and FM ground-breaking – bring their own bag of hits with big hair, big smiles and glorious harmonies as Fred Schneider (vocals, cowbell), Kate Pierson (vocals, keyboards), Cindy Wilson (vocals, tambourine, bongos) and Keith Strickland (guitars) take us to those carefree days of “Rock Lobster,” “Roam,” “Channel Z” and of course, no visit would be complete without cruising down to the “Love Shack!”

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Get A Dosage Of Collective Soul At HOB May 13

Collective Soul (L-R): Will Turpin, Ed Roland, Dean Roland, Joel Kosche (not pictured, Johnny Rabb).

By Brian M. Howle

As a music writer, nothing burns my butt more than seeing some fluff piece or hit piece, where the personal agenda is so blatant that even a blind man could see it.

Well, if you’re a writer with the same outlook – prepare to be burned – but, in a good way.

Because ever so often, there are bands that come along who are just good in every known interpretation of the word, in the application of it to all aspects of their being. As musicians, as performers, as professionals, and most importantly, as people.
So if you’re like me, you’ll want to make sure to get your tickets early for this one, as Collective Soul returns to the stage at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach at 4640 Highway 17 S.,  North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 13.

Hailing from Stockbridge, Georgia, founder and creative tour de force Ed Roland (lead vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar) fronts a unique group of guys who have found that magic elixir of charisma, talent, and damn good music that will stand on its own regardless of your place in the space-time continuum. Along with brother Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Joel Kosche (lead guitar, backing vocals), Will Turpin (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Johnny Rabb (percussion), he leads a well-tuned musical machine that cranks out massive amounts of positive energy and killer tunes.

One thing about being at a Collective Soul concert that I really enjoy, is hearing the inevitable comment of “Man, I forgot they did this one, too!” over and over again during the course of the show.  They aren’t just prolific, kids; their content is chock full of quality tunes, with thoughtful, insightful lyrics and some of the bestest killer hooks to ever grace a master tape.

From the breakout hits “Shine” and “Breathe”, to the MTV monster “The World I Know,” “December,” “Gel,” “Better Now,” “Hollywood,” “You” and “Understanding;” their body of work is impressive in anyone’s book.

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Full Throttle Saloon Presents Throttle Fest At HOB Myrtle Beach May 17-19

Well, sometimes you just have to let time and common sense work their collective course until things work out.  And after some of those misguided souls who supposedly run Horry County and City of Myrtle Beach had their asses handed to them by the courts for blatantly attempting to suppress personal freedom and destroy free commerce and a long-standing, mutually beneficial Bike Week Rally in the spring of each year, the good times and good folks who ride the lightning on all makes of scoots will be returning to the highways and byways of the Grand Strand once again.  ‘Nuff said on the personal commentary on my part.

House of Blues & Full Throttle Saloon would like to welcome Spring Rally Riders May 17, 18 and 19th with a full line up of entertainment events & appearances by the entire cast of the hit show Full Throttle Saloon on Tru TV.

Concert Line Up

Thursday May 17th – Theory of A Deadman with Pop Evil and Stellar Revival

Friday May 18th – The Marshall Tucker Band with Trent Tomlinson & HER & Kings County & The Full Throttle Flaunt Girls

Saturday May 19th – Jackyl with Nigel Dupree & The Full Throttle Flaunt Girls

*Tickets for these events are onsale 4/12 and can be purchased through the box office 843.272.3000 or

The Deck Line Up

Live Entertainment on The Deck Noon-Midnight Thursday-Saturday:

DB Bryant, Nigel Dupree, The Full Throttle Flaunt Girls, Power Born Rebellion & More

*All events to include appearances by Full Throttle’s Mike Ballard, Jesse Dupree, Angie, Goat, The Flaunt Girls & The Full Throttle Bartenders.

For information and tickets call 843-272-3000 or visit online at  or .

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Theory Of A Deadman Put To The Test May 17 At House Of Blues Myrtle Beach

By Brian M. Howle

OK, you’re a kickass rock band from North Delta, British Columbia. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, well, there’s a reason for that.  It’s because North Delta ain’t exactly a hotbed of happenin’ rock bands.  So if you are from North Delta, just how the hell do you get your music out there in the mainstream, so you can be discovered, and for all to enjoy and fawn over you and make you rich and famous and all that good shit?

Well, simple:  The band’s lead singer, Tyler Connolly, gave Nickelback’s  Chad Kroeger a demo tape of their music while at an after-show party. and the rest, as they say, is history.  Of course, you have to move from North Delta to Vancouver.  But hey … doesn’t everyone?

God, I love a happy ending.

And now, kids, platinum-selling Vancouver rock band Theory of a Deadman are getting ready to hit the road this spring for a headlining tour that will be stopping in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Thursday, May 17 at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach with opening acts, Pop Evil and Stellar Revival.

The quartet is touring in support of The Truth Is, their fourth full length album released in July 2011 on Roadrunner/604 Records, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Recorded in Los Angeles’ Bay 7 Studio with Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down), the 19 track album features the current single “Hurricane,” currently #15 at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio as well as first singles “Lowlife,” a raucous anthem celebrating simple pleasures and “The Bitch Came Back,” which gives a hilarious send-off to a bad ex with roaring guitars and flourishes of horns.

Theory of a Deadman—Tyler Connolly (lead vocals, lead guitars), David Brenner (rhythm guitar), Dean Back (bass), Joey Dandeneau (drums)—builds arena-ready hooks around hard rocking stories of good times, bad times and everything in between. The band solidified their place at the top of the modern hard rock charts by exceeding Platinum sales with their breakthrough album Scars & Souvenirs (2008) and with the #1 Active Rock Radio hits “Bad Girlfriend” and “So Happy.” The band has toured with everyone from Motley Crue and Godsmack to Daughtry and label mates Stone Sour and will be appearing at this year’s Rock on the Range festival alongside Incubus, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Cypress Hill and Chevelle.

To read the band’s bio, go to:

For info on the show, call the box office at 843-272-3000; for tickets call 1-877-598-8497; or visit .

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