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Hooten Hallers, Marc Cordray benefit, Atom Blonde
The Atom Blonde


At 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24

The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

These guys are something else. It's punishing barroom blues, delivered with hillbilly irreverence, Tom Waits-and-Jack vocals and incredible punk energy. John Randall plays distorted electric guitar, Andy Rehm is a standup-kit drummer.

That's pretty much where the comparisons to the White Stripes and the Dex Romweber Duo end. There's also country gospel, old-time country and a reasonable facsimile of good old Americana in the grooves of the Missouri duo's just-released Greetings From Welp City album, which comes from Big Muddy Records, home to the similarly revivalist Pokey LaFarge. "Their shows are fun, fascinating and a little bit scary," is how the Big Muddy PR machine has rubber-stamped the HH's. Y'think?



Starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St.

$10 suggested donation

The second benefit for Hitman Blues Band drummer Marc Cordray, who desperately needs a new kidney, is an all-day affair. Cordray himself will be behind the skins for the set by Jan Spillane & the Wayfinders (Joe Nelson and Philip Palmer are also in the band).

That's Marc and his wife Dawn in the photograph.

Local merchants have donated a bunch of cool stuff as door prizes, and 100 percent of monies raised will go to, which is where you can read all about Marc and this life-or-death struggle.

Here's the schedule: 2 p.m., Ray Tomasino; 3 p.m., Shane Nichols & Greg Baldwin; 4 p.m., Bill DeYoung (yep, that's me) and Wooden Nickel; 5 p.m., Lauren Lapointe & Brenda Morie; 6 p.m., Joe Nelson; 7 p.m., The Accomplices; 8 p.m., Jan Spillane & the Wayfinders; 9 p.m., Thomas Claxton & the Myth; 10 p.m., Hitman Blues Band; 11 p.m., Crazy Man Crazy; midnight, the Train Wrecks.


At 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Rock House, 1518 Butler Ave., Tybee Island

Like Liquid Ginger cranked up to 11, with attitude. This heavy guitar-rock quartet is based in Augusta, but founding brothers Ben and Bruce Dixon (guitar and drums, respectively) knew they'd found a good thing when they came across singer Ashley Taylor while everyone was attending Georgia Southern over in Statesboro. Bassist Justin Miller is the latest addition.