“I’m white, I’ve always been white, and I grew up listening to heavy metal,” says Southern bluesman Robert Paige, awkwardly beginning his personal musical timeline. He runs through a litany of early musical influences that include acid rock, “good groove music,” the Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin, and afterward proclaims, “And then I became a blues snob for many, many years.”

That particularly pretentious period was during Paige’s long reign of Atlanta’s “incestuous” blues scene as a founding member of popular band The Urban Shakedancers. After a long, successful run, he relocated to the coast two years ago along with Atlanta music scene compatriot, saxophonist Matt Kearney, and formed the Holy City Sinners — a “powerhouse quartet” capable of playing authentic, traditional Delta and Chicago-style blues — with drummer Josh Kohl and bassist Daniel Jones.

The blues pedigree snobbery has since left the room, replaced with a playful mix of dance floor rock ‘n’ blues, peppered with a hint of funk and soul. The Holy City Sinners have been a steady local anchor of blues-heavy gigs like the Bonterra Lowcountry Blues Bash and Piccolo Spoleto’s “Blues in the Night” series, as well as a source of rowdy barroom fun. The band’s moniker is a nod to Charleston’s famous nickname, as well as Paige’s own naughty past. “I used to be really bad,” he says, without giving away too much.

A decade and a half of the blues has left its mark on Paige and his music, but he’s on the hunt for a new angle. “I think blues comes and goes in popularity,” he says. “But then, I only know three chords and I can only play songs with three chords,” he jokes while explaining what has kept him in a long-lasting relationship with the music.

If anything, Paige is ready for a little experimentation after all those years of messin’ around with the blues. “I like stuff with an edge and I’m starting to write again … I’m having maybe an early midlife crisis or something,” he laughs.

Robert Paige & The Holy City Sinners play on Fri. Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. at Cumberland’s.