The atmosphere and vibe could not have been more welcoming as local singer/guitarists Susie Summers, Carroll Brown, Al Pugliese, and guests performed an acoustic set of light holiday songs, original songs, and vintage rock/blues favorites at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island on Sunday evening, Nov. 25.

[image-1]Summers, a longtime local player who regularly hosts a weekly songwriters showcase at the Sunfire Grill in West Ashley, celebrated the release of a new live album titled Live at Oceansong (recorded in 2005 at Brown’s old IOP tavern and music venue). Summers was beaming the entire time. Her spirited rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” was great fun. The growly version of “Mustang Sally” had the entire room responding loudly during the choruses, “Ride, Sally, riiiiiide!” — she even had the cooks in the kitchen dancing around. [image-2]

Brown propelled the set with his unusually complex rhythm guitar work in which he somehow he manages the rhythmic chord progressions and single-note melody lines simultaneously. Always gracious, he thanked everyone for supporting “local acoustic and original music in the Lowcountry.”