Dearly beloved Myrtle Beach locals spot Droopy's -- who has made a reputation for bringing in a variety of up-and-coming acts on Wednesday nights -- will host folk group Ryan Bonner and The Dearly Beloved tonight beginning at 10 p.m.
The show will be a chance for Charleston native Bonner and his band to bring their honest style of acoustic-driven folk music to a beach crowd who would rather get out and groove to some live music than batten down the hatches as Tropical Storm Nicole rolls through the area.
In addition to Bonner — a multi instriumentalist raised on James Isalnd — the act consists of The Dearly Beloved, an ensemble composed of Cory Jarrett on mandolin and guitar, Josh Smoak on keys, Malin Wagnon on Bass, and Jack Friel on drums. The group came together after Bonner returned to Charleston from four years of studying and playing shows at Clemson University in 2008.
At that time they began working on their debut album "Monsters in the Hallway" which was released earlier in March as an EP.
Here's a sample of "Anna Leigh" a free download of the album, which is available along with a few other "Monsters" track at http://ryanbonnerandthedearlybeloved.bandcamp.com/
Ryan Bonner & The Dearly Beloved "Anna Leigh"
According to Bonner pinning down the band's sound can be tough to confine to a single genre, but on some songs you can’t help but compare it to Ryan Adams or Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco fame).
Those who make it out can expect plenty of the band's original songs — earnest melodies driven by emotion and punctuated by an occasional burst on the harmonica — but will also likely hear a few covers mixed into the set.
"We always throw two or three covers into a set," Bonner told the Post & Courier earlier this year. "We do some Rolling Stones. We've done a Bright Eyes song or two. We've done some Beatles. We try to mix it up. You can't go wrong with the Beatles."
As for what's to come for Bonner and the group. Future plans include recording Bonner's own full-length album touring, song-writing and melding musical avenues.
"We've got some new stuff that we're already working on for the next record," he said.
He adds, "We really want to play out of town and in some other markets," a good sign for Myrtle Beach fans who make it out to tonight's show and like what they hear.