We were within a day or two of finishing the record and my week-long break needed to be planned. My plan was no plan. I would stay here at the hotel, go to the Velvet Room occasionally before meeting the lads in London to commence the tour.
One afternoon, I got a call labelled “Charleston, SC” on the caller ID. I answered immediately. It was not Caitlin.
“Nicholas, it’s Billy Farmer. How are you?”
Billy Farmer was made famous as the singer in the wildly popular hard rock band, 2VS. Later, on his own, he remained a successful act onstage and also had begun producing new artists at his studio near Charleston, where he’d moved after marrying his third wife. We were colleagues—friends—and it was good to hear from him.
“Billy! I’m fine, how are you?”
“I’m good, but somewhat in a bind.”
“A bind?” I asked.
“I have a group of young musicians in the studio who are very talented. Extremely tal...
Wednesday, August 5th, I made my way to Ladson's multi-music-genre venue, Ocean Cowboys for some local rock and an up-and-coming new national band, We Are Harlot. I bought their CD and I haven't stopped grinning since. What a great lot of hard rock. There are a couple of screamy moments but not enough to detract from the overall rockin' goodness of the sound.
But let's start with the first band out on stage. I didn't catch their name at first but later asked a band member. They are American Murder. They're a trio from the Concord, NC area but I didn't get much of a chance to talk to them. It was still early. Being the opener, their set was a bit shorter than the other two, but they made up for it by seemingly having the times of their lives onstage. Check them out in this video and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/officialdickjokes/timeline, where you can find a link to their website.
Next up was a hometown Charleston band called Beyond Intent. A fiv...