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James Justin & Co. Release Dark Country

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo by Stratton Lawrence


Saturday, May 21th at the Pour House was the official release party for the latest James Justin & Co. CD, Dark Country. The band hit the ground running and the stage did not seem large enough to contain the energy, talent and enthusiasm of the band as a whole and specifically, lead vocalist and guitar player, James Justin Burke. Burke’s music is fun to get down to, but there is also rich storytelling and emotions in every tune.

Duffy Lewis of had this to say about Burke and his band: With their eclectic mix of musical styles, James Justin & Co. represents the best of the burgeoning genre of Americana. “Americana is here to stay. I hope it becomes bigger than rock ‘n’ roll,” says band leader Justin Burke. Rooted in various forms of American music, “Dark Country” is reminiscent of legendary musicians John Prine and Neil Young, with a smattering of Jim Morrison, and resembles contemporary artists, The Avett Brothers—but Burke is creating his own unique style of Americana music, where rock ‘n’ roll meets folk music.

James Justin & Co. follows their 2009 debut album, “Southern Son, So Far,” with “Dark Country,” due to be released nationally in July. “Dark Country” delivers a driving Southern rock beat, mixed with the haunting, sometimes sentimental strings of bluegrass, country, and folk. Add the power of brass horns and throw in an organ and piano, and J. J. & Co. cannot be pigeon-holed.”

The band will be touring for the next several months to promote Dark Country. If these guys are in your area, go to them! You will not be disappointed.

  • Wed, June 1st Martin’s Downtown / Roanoke, VA 9pm
  • Thu, June 2nd Mo Daddy’s / Asheville, NC with The Delta Saints
  • Fri, June 3rd Barley’s Taproom / Knoxville, TN 10pm
  • Tue, June 7th Triple Nickel / Colorado Springs, CO 10pm
  • Wed, June 8th Cervante’s / Denver, CO 10pm
  • Thu, June 9th The Lazy Dog / Boulder, CO
  • Sat, June 11th Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Fest / Palisade, CO
  • Sat, June 11th Carnahan’s / Carbondale, CO 10pm
  • Thu, June 16th Moe’s Original Bar B Que / Fort Collins, CO
  • Fri, June 17th Bar SS / Laporte, CO
  • Sat, June 18th Paddy’s / Vail, CO
  • Sun, June 19th Bluegrass on Aspen Mountain
  • Fri, June 24th Three 20 South / Breckenridge, CO
  • Sat, June 25th The Summit / Durango, CO
  • Sun, June 26th The Launchpad / Albuquerque, NM
  • Tue, June 28th The Continental Club / Austin, TX
  • Fri, July 1st Luna / St. Charles, LA
  • Sat, July 2nd Ole Tavern @ George St. / Jackson, MS
  • Wed, July 6th Lulu Buffet’s / Gulf Shores, AL
  • Wed, July 13th Smith’s Olde Bar / Atlanta, GA with Bret Mosley and Gaslight Street
  • Thu, July 14th Downtown Alive / Greenville, SC 6pm
  • Fri, July 15th Deep South / Raleigh, NC 10pm
  • Sat, July 16th Edgewood Farm Fest II
  • July 28-31st FloydFest 10 – the eXperience / Floyd, VA
  • Fri, Aug. 12th The Crooked I / Erie, PA
  • Aug. 18-19th Camp Barefoot 5 / West Virginia
  • Sat, Aug. 20th Live by the Lake / Wise, VA
  • Sept. 17-18th: Bristol Rythm & Roots Reunion / Bristol, TN

For more information about James Justin & Co, visit

Harley Davidson Lowcountry Bikini Blues Bash

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Heather Key Tiller’s Filigree Jewelry Boutique

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo provided by Filigree

Downtown Charleston offers a varied shopping experience for the tourists and locals alike. However, it is the small treasures of the sometimes hidden stores that make Charleston shine. One of those is Filigree, an innovative jewelry boutique featuring the creative wares of Heather Key Tiller. Located at 47 John Street in the fashionable Design District of historical Charleston, Filigree offers custom-designed pieces using unique accent finds as well as precious and semiprecious stones accompanied by 14-karat gold or sterling silver. All styles of necklaces, bracelets and earrings feature a signature “key” clasp and are created on-site in limited release.

According to Vogue Magazine, “Her pieces are excitingly unique and exquisitely handmade. The varied classic designs feature high quality, scintillating stones and lustrous pearls.”

Turquoise, Peruvian opal with various antique chains, Photo provided by Filigree

Heather Key Tiller graduated from Vanderbilt University and studied jewelry design at Penland School. She began her career in 1997 as a gemstone and metal artisan. Heather sold her designs at trunk shows, farmers’ markets and eventually in 80 stores along the Southeast. An entrepreneur with a passion and drive, she took a leap to open Filigree in 2001. Ten years later, Heather is a pioneer in the market of custom jewelry in the Southeast offering original, classic, yet funky natural stone jewelry that is timeless.


working primarily with natural stones

7th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial Party

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Memorial weekend sets the scene for one of Charleston’s favorite fundraisers as Share Our Suzy presents the 7th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial Party on Saturday, May 28th from 5:30-11:30pm at Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina located at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mt. Pleasant. In addition to supporting a great cause, the event also features cocktails, local food, and live music from Indecision & Gaslight Street. Advance tickets are $35 (food & drinks included) and $25 (drinks included) and are available at etix.

Suzy McGrane: Photo provided by SOS

Suzy McGrane was a local photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer and ultimately lost her battle in her early twenties. What started as Save Our Suzy is now known as Share Our Suzy. The goal of SOS is to bridge the financial gap and allow breast cancer patients to focus solely on recovery and not the financial stress brought on during this very difficult battle. Funds raised cover the critical areas that insurance companies do not by providing assistance to those with every day needs such as wigs, prosthetics, childcare, gas cards, utility bill assistance, medication assistance and more. Share Our Suzy’s mission is to raise money and resources to assist and support breast cancer patients in South Carolina from diagnosis to remission.

Photo Courtesy: Banner Photography

One of the originators of the jam band movement, Indecision‘s innovative music is a unique blend of rock, jazz, blues and extended jams complete with rich and complex lyrics. Indecision has shared the stage with musicians such as Widespread Panic, Phish, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, Jorma Kaukonen, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Neville Brothers, The Connells, Jupiter Coyote and more.

Photo by Reid Stone

Not all Southern rockers fit into an expected mold and that is exactly the case for the rhythm and blues five-piece, Gaslight Street. By incorporating Southern music traditions with their own life experiences, these long time friends have shown that Southern rock still has a place in the American music pantheon. Gaslight’s hard rock edge and fast guitar leads keep their loyal core of music loving fans thirsting for more.

What: Share Our Suzy’s 7th Annual Suzy McGrane Memorial Party

Where: The Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mt. Pleasant

When: Saturday, May 28 · 5:30pm11:30pm

Tickets: Day of ticket prices are $50 (food & drinks included) and $40 (drinks included)

For more information about the organization or performers, check out, and



Just in time for Mother’s Day: Sugar Baby Planners

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

The go-to coach for everything maternity, Sugar Baby Planners is set to launch in Charleston on Mother’s Day. Like a wedding planner for happy couples, a baby planner will assist soon-to-be parents with the myriad of choices they face before their baby arrives. Parents can spend entire weekends web surfing and shopping for all of mom and baby’s needs and still not know what to choose. Not to mention, deciding whether you want professional baby bump photos, who offers pre-natal massage and when the next baby class opens for registration. This new consulting business will offer expecting moms peace of mind throughout their pregnancy.

Owner Sunny Gray with her family by Taylor Stewart Photography

As a mom of two, owner Sunny Gray knows the to-do list runs long and the options seem endless. “Most women have jobs when they discover they’re pregnant. So, they have limited time to research the best stroller, whether they want a doula or what’s up with the cloth diaper revival,” she explains. “I want to help new moms enjoy their pregnancy and feel confident that they are prepared for the new addition to their family.”

Photos used under Creative Commons from davhor

Sugar Baby Planners will meet with new parents and then create personalized recommendations and provide referrals. Also, clients will receive a copy of The Mom Manual loaded with pregnancy tips and links to local and national resources. For example, moms can find when and where you can catch a prenatal yoga class or where you can create a personalized baby website. In addition to consulting, Sugar Baby Planners can help new parents create a baby registry to fit their needs, stock the nursery, provide advice on how to “green” the nursery, schedule food delivery post baby, get the baby announcements out and much more.

For further information about Sugar Baby Planners, contact Sunny at or visit

The Postcard Show: Wish you Were Here!

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The Postcard Show: Wish you Were Here! is set to take place on Wednesday, May 11th from 6–8pm at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art located at 161 Calhoun Street. Inspired by the RCA Secret show held annually at the Royal College of Art in London, the Postcard Show is a one night exhibition of anonymously displayed 4 x 6 inch artwork available for purchase at $75 per piece. Each piece will be signed on the back in order to keep the artist’s name a secret until the works are sold. All proceeds will benefit the Skirt! Scholarship Fund at the College of Charleston. Guests will enjoy original art, music by DJs Cassidy & The Kid, champagne from La Bubbly Bar and tasty food by O-Ku! Admission to the event is $10 for the general public & free for contributing artists. Advance tickets via Paypal or credit/debit card are available at

Participating artists include: Lisa Abernathy, Charles Ailstock, Megan Aline, Jack Alterman, Butch Anthony, Sera Beak, Cherna Bednarsh, Sally King Benedict, Charles Benesh, Isabel Benesh, David Boatwright, Molly B. Right, Jonathan Brilliant, Mark Bryan, Susie Callahan, Andrew Stephen Cebulka, Natalie (Alabama) Chanin, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Tina Christophillis, Lese Corrigan, John Duckworth, John Dunnan, Nathan Durfee, Peter Frank Edwards, Sara Frankel, Mary Edna Fraser, Squire Fox, Christina Chontos-Fisher, Susannah Gramling, Janet Porcher Gregg, Camela Guevara, Conrad Guevara, Lynne Hamontree, Kevin Harrison, Kat Hastie, Tina Hirsig, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Mary Hoffman, Jill Hooper, Fred Jamar, Ann Keane, Alice Keeney, Hunter Kennedy, Chuck Keppler, Will Kiser, Cynthia Knapp, Jeff Kopish, Kimberly Kraft, Claire Kramer, MacKinnon, Lily Kuonen, Whitney Kreb, Hilarie Lambert, , Megan Lange, Robert Lange, Ted Lee & Matt Lee, Xin Lu, Leigh Magar, Nancy Marshall, Hirona Matsuda, Liz McCafferty, Marshall McKinney, Michael Moran, Laura Moses, Karen Ann Myers, Laurie Meyer, Tate Nation, Dorothy Netherland, Brad Neece, Gordon Nicholson, Kevin Bruce Parent, Anne Darby Parker, Harper Poe, Dee Schenk Rhodes, Jeffery Rhodes, Helen Rice, Lynne Riding, Buff Ross, Leila Ross, Marni Rothschild Durlach, Cynthia Rowley, Courtney Rowson, Shannon Runquist, Christie Rutigliano, Kristi Ryba, McLean Sheperd, Lisa Shimko, Susan Simons, Mark Sloan, Betty , nglin Smith, Jennifer Smith, Shannon Smith, Kevin Taylor, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Rhett Thurman, Stanford Ullner, Michelle Van Parys, Erica Veit, Laura Victore, Karen Vournakis, Mary Walker, Hattie Wallen, Ashley Warnock, Leigh Webber, Marjory Wentworth, Simeon Warren, Ivy Williams, John McWilliams and Everett White.

WHAT: The Postcard Show: Wish you Were Here

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11th from 6–8pm

WHERE: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29424 Ph. 843-953-4422

TICKETS: $10 advance tickets via Paypal or credit/debit card are available at

The Postcard Show: Wish you Were Here!

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