Around mid-2008, East Cooper community weekly Moultrie News started r[image-1]unning a music column and listing section by local musician, booking agent, and audio engineer Stuart “Stu” Johnson (also of riff-heavy psyche-rock band Allnightkungfu). Simply called “East Cooper Music Scene,” Stu’s ramblings about bands, nightclubs, special events, and random news are pretty entertaining and hlepful, if not a tad heavy on the cheery “ra-ra-ra!” boosterism.

This week’s installment (published Wed. Jan. 14) landed on my front yard this morning and included some of the usual “there’s a lot of gigs around town” stuff. But the highlight was an attempt to describe local singer/guitarist and weekly Art’s Bar performer Cary Ann Hearst‘s singing style:

[image-2]“Now you have to have been living under a rock to not know about Art’ Bar & Grill. It’s been a mainstay on Coleman Boulevard for years with live entertainment. A good example is Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent on Thursday nights. Cary Ann has a voice that is hard to describe, but I’ll give it a try. Picture a fuller version of Loretta Lynn’s country sound with a voodoo blues quality that would scare Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Well like I said, I gave it a try.”

Well put, Stu.