Local roots/groove combo Hollow Reed — an acoustic act led by string players/vocalists Laura Thurston and Gwyn Waller — has been mighty busy this summer. They’ve expanded the lineup to a quintet and worked on demo recordings.

Thurston has also kicked off a new musical project with singer/guitarist Shawn Hagan called Hick Child Soup. She calls it a band "with a spirit of soul, bluegrass, Americana, and folk." They play at Café Kronic on James Island (827 Folly Rd.) on Sun. Aug. 29 at 11 a.m., and at Lazo’s on Folly (11 Center St.) later that evening.

Visit myspace.com/hollowreedsc and myspace.com/hickchildsoup for more.