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Superstar in the making, Angie Aparo played to an enthusiastic crowd at Theatre 99 April 28th with Derek Murphy on drums. What the audience lacked in size, they made up for in a true appreciation for this incredible artist.
For those of you unfamiliar, Angie Aparo is well-loved by his growing fan base for his thought-provoking ballads, unbelievable falsetto voice, and an incredible sense of humor that is echoed in his unique lyrics. Aparo is the REAL DEAL… just listen to his current release “Cry” (who hasn’t wished they could have said that to someone?) off his latest CD “The American.” Other favorites (including “Hush”, “Spaceship” and “Green Into Gold”) show Aparo’s lyrical truths and unique perspective. Check out audio clips at www.angieaparo.com
How refreshing it is to have an artist with incredible talent who can still crank out songs with heart. Even after signing his record deal with Arista, Aparo is keeping it real, keeping it on the road, and keeping the career about the music... still playing a seasoned Takamine - hand-painted, duct-taped, and road worn.
Aside from being a personal inspiration, Aparo is an INCREDIBLE vocalist and musician. “The American” includes songs anyone can appreciate. If you haven’t added it to your personal CD collection, you really need to. Once you fall in love with the album, be sure to request its play on your local radio stations… Alice @ 100.5 (721-1005), 96 Wave, and 95SX.Keep listening and supporting artists like these!!
What COUNTRY??,Yep… that’s right! True music appreciation encompasses all genres and no one can deny Country Music has made incredible strides over the last decade. Country is Haggard and Jones to Lonestar and Trick Pony and everything in between. Nashville’s newest sensation, Blake Shelton, has a unique way of fitting right in.
Blake took a moment to drop by our studio the other day and played a “mini-concert” for those of us who could attend. Just Blake, a fistful of people and an unplugged acoustic Takamine… that’s all he needed. Blake performed his newest release “Austin.” One of the most requested new songs in country music today, this compelling ballad is performed with heart and musical precision. And we’re not talking just another ballad artist here… “Old Red” is a catchy tune about a prison break and a hound dog… hey, we are talking country here.:)An artist at heart, Blake shared the story of his moving to Nashville right out of high school to pursue his musical dreams. Dreamers do what they have to do to achieve and it’s obvious Blake Shelton is destined to be a hit! Watch for him on the American Country Music Awards this week in the audience… training for his award acceptance next year?? Blake is actively touring including a stop in Myrtle Beach, in July. Check out his website, www.blakeshelton.com, for tourdates and pending information about his first CD.
Be sure to call your local Country stations and request "Austin"... WEZL 103.5 "The Weasle" (721-1035).
For you fellow “immigrants” to Chuck-town, Bert’s Bar is a small beach-front venue on Sullivan’s Island… sand, canned beer, shirt and shoes NOT required. If you think you’ve experienced the lowcountry, and haven’t been to Bert’s, you’re missing out on one of the increasingly few venues that still draw a local crowd.
The draw April 27th was Ledbetter. Does it get any more local than that? West Ashley based Ledbetter rocked a packed house with a refreshing mix of original pieces and covers. Dan Witt, Jason Jesse, Jamie Clark, Michael Litton, and Alex Harris grew up together in rural Lee County, Virginia. Their home-grown chemistry is obvious with every performance. There’s no volleying for the spotlight with these five fellows. Each appears to be on stage solely to support the other four.
Litton effortlessly dances on the fret board incorporating a glass slide and finger-picking for non-stop “Bonnie Raitt-like” electric guitar solos. The rest of the band (including a bass, electric and acoustic guitars, and a drum kit complete with a pink flamingo) provide incredible rhythm and mesmerizing riffs. Stunning talent without even breaking a sweat, these guys never stop, pounding out an incredible show and making it look easy!
Ledbetter played great original pieces that MUST be checked out. They’re working on the production of their newest cd. To hold us over they have some live shows recorded and available for purchase wherever they’re playing. Keep checking local listings!
Hootie!!Hootie & The Blowfish left Charleston music fans in awe again this year with the 7th Annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament and Concert. After an entire day on the Kiawah Island Resort golf course Monday, April 9th - Darius, Mark, Dean, and Soni along with many of our favorite celebs rocked the Gaillard Auditorium for charity.
The Blue Dogs couldn’t have been more appropriate teeing off with “All of My Heroes”. The Dogs set the stage for what would be a very informal, “just havin’ fun” event.
Sister Hazel lit up the stage with Hootie and the Blowfish front man, Darius Rucker chiming in on “All For You”. Not that Ken Block (SH lead vocals, guitar) ever needs vocal assistance, but the emotionally packed “Champagne High” got a little help from ESPN’s Stuart Scott.
Edwin McCain took the stage, picked up Ken Block’s guitar and began the trademark lyrics of his “Beautiful Life”. Edwin spiced things up a little with “Radio Star”, a thought-provoking cut from his newest album (Far From Over) set to hit stores June 19th. Edwin always puts on a great show for his “musical home town” of Charleston and this night was no exception. His famous ballad “I’ll Be” finished up his round with Sister Hazel’s Drew Copeland on bass, Blue Dog’s Greg Walker on Congas, and Darius adding throaty harmony.
It was then the headliners’ turn to take the spotlight. Darius Rucker sang a beautiful acapella version of “Motherless Child”. Bebe Winans created an inspirational feel with the “Amen” chorus. A hush came over the crowd as Branford Marsalis decorated “Old Man and Me” with his leagondary sax. Mark Bryan broke it down with his own medley of “3 Is the Magic Number” into “Shining Star”. If the audience wasn’t groovin’ enough, Hootie and the Blowfish ROCKED the house with Edwin McCain and their “Use Me” cut from “Scattered, Smothered, and Covered”. Sister Hazel and Branford Marsalis joined the stage for what would be an unforgettable highlight… Edwin and Mark leaping in unison into the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”.
Killer covers and diverse medleys led into the Grand Finale, Baltimore Ravens Nose Guard Tony Siragusa singing an unforgettable “Mustang Sally” that prompted anyone on stage with an ounce of talent to join on percussion and vocals. Brilliant pandemonium got everyone on their feet… an AMAZING night of talented stars out “just jammin’” while supporting charity, local music and obviously having as great a time as their captivated audience. What a night!
For a complete list of participants, golf scores, and benefiting charities log on to Hootiegolf.com.
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