Thurs. Sept. 28
Randolph Hall, CofC
$10 ($5 with student ID)

The College of Charleston presents veteran singer-songwriter Steve Young on Thurs. Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Randolph Hall (66 George St.). Young’s back catalog may have received a boost due to the recent DVD packaging of the ’70s insurgent country film, Heartworn Highways, but the wandering troubadour’s yen for country-influenced balladry and counterculture folk music started long before that. Like Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle, Young has always fashioned himself as a lyricist with no permanently affixed zip code. His 1960s residence in Calif. led to collaborations with artists like Van Dyke Parks and his signature song, “Seven Bridges Road,” being covered by Joan Baez, Rita Coolidge, and The Eagles, among others. His stints in Texas produced a kinship with artists like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, who made a restless anthem out of Young’s “Lonesome On’ry and Mean.” Young recently dusted off his trusty songbook on the album Songlines Revisited Vol. 1, which features new recordings of his “Alabama Highway,” “The White Trash Song” and several others. —Michael Andrews THURSDAY


BLUES | Drink Small
Fri. Sept. 29

Fresh off an outstanding performance at the Heritage Stage at ChazzFest a few weeks back, blues singer and electric guitarist Drink Small, 73, jumps back into action with a busy lineup of shows this week. He warms things up for Porter, Batiste & Stoltz at the Pour House on Wednesday and Thursday evening, then heads downtown for a special, early-night headlining gig at Cumberland’s at 9 p.m. on Friday. On Sat. Sept. 30, he conducts a special solo performance and free “blues master class” presentation at Musicians Playground at 2 p.m. Backed by a drummer and bassist, Drink — a.k.a. “The Blues Doctor” — sits on the stage in full suit ‘n’ tie, hollow-body guitar in hand, as full of rhymin’ zingers and gracious one-liners as he is of tunes. He recently celebrated the release of a new album titled Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!, featuring feisty live recordings from local shows taped between 1986-’88. See www.drinksmallblues.com for mo’. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


PUNK | The Hard-Ons
w/ The Queers, Toys That Kill
Sun. Oct. 1
$10 ($13 under 21)

Veteran Australian punk trio The Hard-Ons make their way across the U.S. to Charleston this weekend behind their most polite “pop-punk” effort yet — Most People Are A Waste Of Time (Bad Taste). Blackie, Pete Kostic, and Ray Ahn have toured through the years with all sorts of punk-tinged rock greats — from The Ramones and The Rollins Band to Poison Idea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They’ve stayed particularly busy this month on tour with N.H. punkers The Queers. According to Ahn, Most People… took a slightly more pop-oriented approach. “We tried to play as brutally as we normally do,” he explains. “The heavy handedness is still there … downstrokes, distortion, etc. We wanted to juxtapose the thick punk sound with melodies, harmonies and the odd melodic open-chord chiming guitar. As someone said in a review for us a long time ago, it’s making a Frankenstein’s monster pop by grafting the heart and mind of The Beach Boys onto the body of Mötorhead.” Check www.hard-ons.net for more. —TBL SUNDAY


RAP/ROCK | Blowfly
w/ White Boy Crazy
Sun. Oct. 1
The Village Tavern

Masked, gold-suited mix rapper/ringleader Blowfly (Clarence Reid) released dozens of notoriously tasteless “party records” through the 1970s and ’80s — starting with 1971’s Weird World Of Blowfly. He made it to Mt. Pleasant last year with a weird and wild bunch, and he returns this weekend behind a new album titled Blowfly’s Punk Rock Party — a nasty follow-up to last year’s Fahrenheit 69 (both released on Alternative Tentacles). The new disc finds Blowfly and his metallic “punk band” sending up salacious spoofs (a la Weird Al and Wesley Willis) of 25 punk standards and Top 40 hits — from The Ramones, The Stooges, The Clash, Circle Jerks, and Black Flag to Pat Benatar and The O’Jays. Lyrically, it’s horribly foul stuff. (check www.alternativetentacles.com). —TBL SUNDAY

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