Usually, we like to save our love for other sites/blogs for our Music Monday column, but we wanted to give a special shout out to our friend and colleague at Alternatives News Magazine Dariel Bendin does some really great work locally listening to, reviewing and writing about music that not a lot of folks know about.
On top of writing freelance for Alternatives, she also publishes here work on her own Wordpress blog, Flying Under the Radar. She's big on Blues, but will also dabble in other obscure forms of music that seem to run in perfect congruence with the Americana and other acts which South by Southeast have helped popularize locally.
She's been a great help to us so far, suggesting stories (such as our interview with Rickey Godfrey) and as a lontime fan of area music, is a great source of knowledge during our infrequent encounters with her.
What happened? Did the South head south for the winter? The new year’s blustery entrance and record deep freeze are taking their toll on me. I need some heat.
I’m hungry for somethin’ soulful to warm my innards and Deep Fried Southern Style, the 2010 compilation CD from Shanty’s Records more than satisfies my appetite for smokey old tunes, hot guitar licks and lip-smackin’ vocals. The 21-track disc is a tasty combination of soul-blues, R&B and shag tunes. So whether you’re fixin’ to sit back and enjoy it by yourself or invite a mess of folks over to dance and carry on, get yourself some Southern Style.
Low Country Blues Bash Feb. 3 – 19, 2011
Blues aficionados from the Carolinas, Georgia and all over the southeastern U.S. will soon be making their way toward Charleston, S.C. for the twenty-first annual Lowcountry Blues Bash, which begins Feb. 3 and rocks on through Feb. 19.
Not officially part of the Blues Bash, but warmly welcomed by the local blues community are two British blues-rock legends – Robert Plant, former frontman for Led Zeppelin and Robin Trower, from the legendary Procul Harum. Plant will appear with his Band of Joy at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Feb. 4. ($55.30 – $76.50 including fees).Trower, also performing on Feb. 4, will be at the Music Farm. ($23 ADV/$25DOS) Wow! Trower for $23. No brainer! Bummer they’re on the same night. Tickets for both are available at the venues.
Livin’ the Bluz (Ruff Pro Records 2010) by DieDra Hurdle, better known simply as DieDra, is the second solo recording by this talented Alabama blues singer and it’s a winner. The ten-track CD is a lively mix of dance tunes, swingin’ blues and vocals you’d expect to hear from a singer at a national level.
DieDra and partner Keithen Ruff are pretty much the whole creative team on this project. She tells me that most tunes start with a “sound” from Keith and then typically she writes a lyric to it. On Livin’ the Bluz, she penned lyrics for eight of the tracks, with Keith writing “He’s Alright” and “Don’t Wait Too Long.” As for the studio, Keith played guitar, keyboard, horns, drums and bass guitar on the album.