ROCK — The Legendary J.C.’s
Fri. Dec. 2

Led by dapper, wild-eyed vocalist Eugene Snowden, soul ‘n’ rock revue The Legendary J.C.’s (a.k.a. The Legendary Joint Chiefs) deliver a spirited style of classic rock music steeped in blues, swing, boogie, and heavy rhythm ‘n’ blues. The J.C.’s are comprised primarily of longtime musicians from the Orlando scene — “scene-shaping veterans whose resumes burst with both major-label and indie-level touring and recording experience,” as they put it. Bassist Ralph Ameduri, drummer Matt Hughen, guitarist Brian Chodorcoff, keyboardist Jack Stirlin, sax player Brian Mackie, and trombone player Clay Watson back Snowden this week for some high-jumping jams. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


COUNTRY — Jason Michael Carroll
Fri. Dec. 2 / Sat. Dec. 3

Longhaired singer-guitarist Jason Michael Carroll is a young, determined upstart from Raleigh, N.C. with an appropriately nasally voice (in the vein of Dylan and Willie) and a warm, heartfelt delivery. Carroll, who started singing in church at the age of six, and his band have been making the transition to the Nashville scene in hopes of securing an ideal label and recording situation. In the meantime, they’ve toured the Southeast heavily through the year. They were last in town opening for the Blue Dogs at the ‘Jammer over the Fourth of July weekend. They headline a two-night stint this weekend. —TBL FRIDAY/SATURDAY


FOLK — Alison Krauss & Union Station
Sun. Dec. 4
N. Charleston Performing Arts Center

Accomplished both as a country/folk vocalist and bluegrass-styled fiddler, Alison Krauss has been a powerful but understated major figure in New Traditionalist country music for over a decade. Since releasing her platinum-selling 1995 compilation album, Now That I’ve Found You, she’s pulled from the opposite end of the tackier “new country” trends and kept things pure, civil, and beautifully simple. In 1987, the Illinois native first formed her band, Union Station, with guitarist Jeff White, banjoist Alison Brown, and bassist Viktor Krauss, in time to record the album Too Late to Cry. Union Station currently features mandolinist Adam Steffey, banjoist/guitarist Ron Block, bassist Barry Bales, and guitarist Dan Tyminski. In 2000, Krauss & Union Station were featured on the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? Their latest effort, Lonely Runs Both Ways, released last fall, features songs by Woody Guthrie, Gillian Welch, Del McCoury, and others. —TBL SUNDAY


Mon. Dec. 5
w/ Mike Relm
$12, $10 (adv.)
Music Farm

Based in the jamriffic Boulder, Colo. scene, instrumental trio Zilla deliver a completely improvised set of sounds on stage every night. “Musical conversations are a discourse of patterns, melodies, pumping bass, and get-up-and-shout beats,” say they. “Tribal thunderstorms of percussion run down the spine of a lush, melodic, and nasty matrix of sound … how many all-improvisational live-electronica hammered dulcimer trance bands have you heard?” Not many. But these guys seem wacky and sincere enough to be taken seriously. Percussionist Jamie Janover focuses on playing hammered dulcimer, among other unusual battery. Michael Travis, known best by jambasers as the drummer from String Cheese Incident, plays percussion, samplers, and keyboards. Aaron Holstein sings and plays bass, guitar, and keys. The trio is on the road in support of a new self-titled studio album and a brand-new live record titled Egg. —TBL MONDAY