Another new group will also be playing on Friday over at the Evening Muse. Opening for Major Nelson, The Mully Foggers are Josh Burch (guitar, vocals), Eric Crays (guitar, vocals), Mike Hochstrasser (bass) and Matt Caddel (drums). Burch and Crays are the primary songwriters. Some of you may already be familiar with Crays as he used to book for Mojo's and is the current booker for The Room.
That night, Major Nelson will be showcasing their "new" lineup of Henry Pharr, Buddy Dukes and Jeff Dunegan. The band is also featured on the new nationwide compilation for ShutEye Records, due out this month.
Sunny Ledfurd is having a CD Release Party for their latest, The Garage, on Friday, May 23, at Amos' Southend. The disc, the band's fifth studio release, contains 11 new songs and is available at Manifest, Media Play, and at www.sunnyledfurd.com.
An All-Star Benefit CD Release Party for the Second Harvest Food Bank will be held at the Evening Muse on Tuesday, May 27. The H.O.P.E. Compilation -- Volume 1: Hunger was recorded a while back and features many of the evening's scheduled performers including Michael Reno Harrell, The Spongetones, Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers and David Childers. Expect a mini-set of 30-40 minutes or so by each of the above performers, as well as a few surprises. CDs will be available at the show and a $10 donation will cover admission.
Another CD Release Party is taking place Friday, May 30, at the Visulite Theatre. Charlotte's MoRisen Records is releasing a compilation titled Underground Radio: Volume High. The disc features 17 Carolina bands and will be sold for $4.99. Twelve of the featured artists are scheduled to perform at the show, including Alternative Champs, Bellglide, Filmschool, Poprocket, Houston Brothers, The Talk and Leisure McCorkle. Admission will cost $10 and includes a copy of the disc. For more info, go to www.morisen.com.
Candlewyck is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their self-titled debut. Recent sessions have included guest musicians John Cowan (New Grass Revival), Jon Randall (Emmylou Harris), T. Lavitz (Dixie Dregs, Widespread Panic), and Tim Cashion (Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger). The project will feature all original material and is being recorded at the Sound Farm with producer Art Bordeaux. The album is slated for a release later this year on Votive Records. For more info, visit www.votiverecords.com.
Jay Garrigan of Poprocket is seeking performers who are interested in helping to put on a live production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in October -- specifically people who can sing, look good, and like to dance in their underwear. E-mail Garrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guitarist George Montague Holton III (known simply as Montague to most) from the Athens, GA, based group The Woggles died last week due to complications involving prescription medicines and diabetes. He was 31.