Each Wednesday, we highlight three tracks from local artists in a column we call Featured Listens.
Before we get started this week, we'd just like to thank those who downloaded our first-ever compilation of local music, called "Featured Listens Vol. 1" which we released last week at this time. We've gotten a great response from the community and the bands involved, but if you haven't checked it out yet please do and if you've already got it tell a friend.
Now, without further ado, here's this week's featured tracks including a pair of husband and wife duos and one of the undergound's hottest rappers:
Tim Allen's Bluestime "Carolina"
We first encountered Texas-born bluesman Tim Allen at one of The Crafty Rooster open mic nights back on Thanksgiving weekend. Since moving to the area four years ago, this Loris resident has been playing a blend of blues and more soulful acoustic material with tinges of country thrown in for good measure.
What struck us that night was not his music — although his guitar playing came with a certain veteran polish — but his ability to get the whole family involved. Not only is his wife the bass player the band, but he also has a daughter who performs solo around town and sons which are learning the family business as well.
"Carolina" is a nice acoustic ballad about missing your home and the struggles of picking up and moving halfway across the country.
Check out Tim Allen's Bluestime on Reverbnation.
Some Ambulance "Paper Plates and Plastic Forks"
The idea behind Some Ambulance is simple though their sound can be a bit hard to pin down. Husband and wife team Patrick and Traci Collins and their band of merry misfits, play a quirky mix of tunes which combines elements of pop, rock and alternative with an ample dose of chirps, squeaks and off-the-wall vocals.
Taking a page out of the playbook of bands such as The B-52s, Pavement, Talking Heads and Modest Mouse, Some Ambulance manages to make a sound that's all their own and unlike pretty much anything else you'll hear locally.
The song, "Paper Plates" starts off with a wonderfully melodic and offbeat track that is joined by Patrick Collins fun and irreverent vocals and the undeniably catchy hook of a pop track.
If you'd like to check them out live, Some Ambulance will be performing as part of Drink!'s New Year's Eve Bash Friday. It will likely be one of their last shows here for awhile, as the band has plans to move north to Cincinnati in the new year to follow their dreams of signing with a record label.
Fresh from his new mixtape "On My Way to Stardom", released earlier this month, 23-year-old Georgetown MC Dominant brings us this anthem for making it happen. Throughout the track he praises the merits of working hard, staying on your grind and believing that you've got what it takes to make it big and about being the one to put his area on the map.
With a cool confidence that overcomes the false bravado so often seen in this genre, Dominant spouts lines like "I'm sick of dreamin' of a deal / this year my goal's to make it a reality" that let you know he plans to practice what he preaches.
If you like what you hear, check him out in person Saturday at the Bikini Beach Club where he'll be performing as part of the Carolina Underground Music Awards nominee party. And if you want to show him some love online, check out the CUMA site to vote for him as the area's best Male Hip-Hop artist of the year.