Veteran Charleston songwriter Rik Cribb and his long-running band The Problems — lead guitarist Doug Walters, drummer Jeff Mangan, and bassist Manny Hagman — celebrate the release of a new, self-titled mini-album on Sat. Aug. 22 with a gig at Art’s Bar & Grill (413 Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant). Drummer Tommy Hamer (of The Fire Apes) will fill in at Art’s for Mangan, who’s been stuck in New York for much of the year.
Cribb and the band did some of the basic tracks with engineer Chris Chamberlain at The Shed studio in Mt. Pleasant, but Cribb engineered and mixed most of the six songs on the collection himself at his home studio facility. Local sound wiz Jeff Leonard mastered the final mixes at Ocean Industries studio.
Through the late ’90s, Cribb fronted the brass-driven, ska-rock group SKWZBXX. By 2002, he’d formed a twangy pop-rock group with his two younger brothers, bassist Billy Cribb and drummer Derek Cribb. Known simply as The Cribb, the guys briefly relocated to Los Angeles before returning to Charleston in 2004.
The Problems play every Saturday in August at Art’s — usually two sets of Cribb’s best stuff, a few classic rock and alternative faves, and a cool Dylan tune or two. No cover, and a 10 p.m. start time. See myspace.com/rikcribb for more.