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Oct 16 2020

Around the Bend

From the Charleston Music Hall for The Island Connection 

Two upcoming performances are scheduled as part of the Charleston Music Hall’s Around The Bend series – the Marcus King Trio on Oct. 25 and Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires on Nov. 7.

A 24-year-old guitar phenom and innovative songwriter, King can simultaneously switch from swaggering rock to supersonic soul, having written songs and performing on stage for half his lifetime. The Marcus King Trio also includes drummer Jack Ryan and bass player Stephen Campbell.

King started learning guitar at age 3 or 4.

He has played professionally since he was 11 and always knew he wanted to make music his life. A fourth-generation musician, his grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live.

From the start, King earned rave reviews, with The Washington Post describing him as a “guitar phenom.” His debut solo album, “El Dorado,” topped the Americana radio charts and has received critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, American Songwriter and Rolling Stone, which described him as an “electrifying rock performer.”

Originally from Green Hill, Alabama, and now based in Nashville, Isbell is a four-time Grammy Award-winning artist and is widely renowned as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation.

Garnering immense critical acclaim throughout his career, NPR Music called him, “one of the finest singer-songwriters working at the intersection of folk, country and rock today.”

Since the release of his breakthrough solo album, “Southeastern,” in 2013, Isbell has won four Grammy Awards, nine Americana Music Association Awards and was selected as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s official 2017 artist-in-residence.

Isbell became a member of the acclaimed collaborative movement The Highwomen – fronted by fellow members Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires – and wrote “Maybe It’s Time,” which was featured in the award-winning 2018 film, “A Star Is Born.”

Critically acclaimed, Grammy winning singer, songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. Through the years, she has toured and recorded with notable artists including John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Shovels and Rope, Gregg Allman, Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and more.

She has released five albums, the most recent being 2018’s “To The Sunset,” which was produced by Grammy-award winning producer Dave Cobb. In 2017, Shires was named the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year.

 The socially-distanced outdoor concerts will be held at The Bend at 3775 Azalea Drive on the Ashley River in North Charleston. No concessions will be for sale on-site, and a maximum of four people from the same party will be permitted per square.

Attendees may bring their own beer, wine, drinks, food, cooler, blankets and chairs.

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