• Kristin Barlowe

On-the-Road Country | Holly Williams
Wed. Feb. 20
8 p.m.
Music Farm

Yes, Holly Williams’ daddy is Hank Williams Jr. But that doesn’t mean she’s country royalty. Her album The Highway, out this month, features a piano-driven song about life on the road called “Without You,” and the picture it paints is less than glamorous. “Yesterday I was reading a review, and this guy was going, ‘This must be fictional, because she’s Hank’s daughter, and she had to be on private jets,’” Williams says. “And I’m like, ‘No, dude, I’m just like anyone else, just going down the road and doing it.’” Williams has been logging her miles in a van these past 10 years, and she says her old copy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road — a high school graduation gift from a friend in New York — keeps making more and more sense. “That was the book that kind of propelled me into telling my parents I’m going to play any gig anywhere in front of 10 people,” Williams says. “I just want to be on the road.” —Paul Bowers WEDNESDAY

OLD TIMEY HIP-HOP | McKenzie Eddy and Cranford
w/ Treble Jay and special guest
Fri. Feb. 22
9 p.m.
Royal American

When we last spoke to New York-based hip-hopper and Lowcountry native McKenzie Eddy, she told us about a gallery/live-music venue/hangout that she and her boss, noted music and fashion impresario Damon Dash, were planning to open in the heart of the Holy City. Well, after months and months of hard work, it seems that the shop, 541 King, is just about ready to make its Charleston debut. If all goes according to plan, the shop will open in March. Unfortunately, Eddy’s day job has prevented her from devoting time to her music. “Honestly,” Eddy says, “I’ve been working on getting the store open.” That said, she has managed to record some new material. Case in point: The Southern Stomp EP, a spacey, funky, folky, bluegrassy, hip-hoppy collection she recorded last September with John Cranford, Sean O’Connell, and Kat CHR. It’s like the spoken-word love child of Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, John Frusciante, and Citizen Cope. Noted singer-songwriter Angie Aparo also offered a helping hand, co-writing “Comin’ Around,” a duet with Eddy and Cranford. When it comes to Aparo, Eddy says, “He is awesome. We’ve actually been working on something else together.” As usual, we look forward to hearing it. —Chris Haire FRIDAY

  • Bright Life Phtoography

Jamgrass | Larry & Jenny Keel Duo
w/ James Justin and Co.
Fri. Feb. 22
9 p.m.
Pour House

You’d sooner catch the wind than circumscribe Larry Keel’s style. Sure, bluegrass is the easy answer, but from there it gets complicated. Keel grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where he was surrounded by traditional mountain music. He’d never left the region until he turned 18 and auditioned for a bluegrass band at Tokyo Disneyland. (You can think of the group as sort of a non-animatronic Country Bear Jamboree.) For Keel, the gig was an appropriate kickoff for a career that has taken him around the world and back for over two decades with a variety of players — from his compadres in Natural Bridge and the Larry Keel Experience to the guys in Leftover Salmon and String Cheese Incident. A tremendous flatpicker, Keel takes on all genres — country, folk, rock, jazz, psychedelia, and jam — and somehow manages to keep from repeating himself. His output is even more impressive. Since the 1990s, he has released 14 albums, including last year’s Classic with Natural Bridge. —Chris Parker FRIDAY

FOOT-STOMPIN’ FUN | The Royal Tinfoil
w/ Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Thurs. Feb. 21
9 p.m.
Pour House

The Royal Tinfoil would probably love to follow in the footsteps of Charleston’s big-name star duo Shovels and Rope. The two bands share shambling acoustic instrumentation, rootsy musical patois, and boy/girl harmonies, but the comparisons end there. While Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent seem ready for the Grand Ole Opry stage, the Royal Tinfoil lurk in the world of shadowy, dark-alley cabarets. The Tinfoil’s Mackie Boles has a slithery charm and a weathered growl that tips its hat to Tom Waits, while Lily Slay offers up a big bloozy voice that swings its hips with a sound that’s raw and passionate, but which can turn breathy and sweet as the morning dew on command. She’s like Jolie Holland, only brassier. In May of last year, the Royal Tinfoil released their debut album, Well Water Communion. While the collection may not be the equal of Shovels and Rope’s O’ Be Joyful, there’s no discounting Boles and Slay’s energy and chemistry. They’re natural performers who deliver their songs with a vaudevillian flair, whether they’re professing their love for sour mash (“Little Lotta Whiskey”) or lamenting “The Wretched Curse of Fools” with a jazzy-noir strut. —Chris Parker THURSDAY