All of you fans of Buck Owens, Marty Stuart, Mark Collie and Dwight Yoakum should like North Carolinian Jim Lauderdale and his new album, Whisper.
Kenny Chesney used to be just another guy in the audience at country concerts, singing along to all the songs. Now he's the guy onstage -- and people in the audience are singing his songs. Fresh off being named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist, Mr. Chesney, 30, and his band perform Saturday at the Third Annual Hot Country Night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Albert Hill Machine Called Company (**, Independent) The four-piece group from Spartanburg, S.C., storms out of the gate with Stomach on its fourth independent release, recorded at the home of lead vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Aaron Whisnant. Stomach begins with a wah-wah guitar and electric piano funk groove and jostles between rhythm signatures. Mr. Whisnant's vocals sound eerily similar to those of Toad the Wet Sprocket's Glen Phillips, but the music is more hard-core rock than the Toadsters.
ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez; open mike night with Wayne Capps Tuesday; 651-9111. AMERICAN LEGION POST 63: 90 Milledge Road; Flash Back today; 733-5184. AMERICAN LEGION POST 205: 2102 Highland Ave.; bingo Mondays and Fridays; disc jockey Saturdays; 733-4069. ANDY'S RESTAURANT, LOUNGE AND SPORTS BAR: Valu-Lodge, 1365 Gordon Highway at Molly Pond Road; Allen Lowe, Tina Frazier & Turning Point Band Friday and Saturdays; Chuck Courtenay Wednesdays and Thursdays; 774-1303.
Comedy, variety ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez; open mike night with Greg Boerner Tuesday; 651-9111. AMERICAN LEGION POST 63: 90 Milledge Road; the Escorts today; 733-5184. AMERICAN LEGION POST 205: 2102 Highland Ave.; bingo Mondays and Fridays; disc jockey Saturdays; 733-4069. ANDY'S RESTAURANT, LOUNGE AND SPORTS BAR: Valu-Lodge, 1365 Gordon Highway at Molly Pond Road; Allen Lowe, Tina Frazier & Turning Point Band Friday and Saturdays; Chuck Courtenay Wednesdays and Thursdays; 774-1303.
Various artists, MOM II: Music For Our Mother Ocean, Surfdoc/Interscope. *** Leave it to Royal Crown Revue, the 1940s-style swing band, to sum up the message of this benefit album. That message, intoned by lead singer Eddie Nichols in his best Brooklyn-ese, is, "Suntan oil don't go good with a three-piece suit, y'know. It makes you all oily and stupid-looking."
In the mid-1970s Chuck Negron, a singer with Three Dog Night, told a radio interviewer he couldn't picture himself in his 50s and still singing One. "The ignorance of youth," said Mr. Negron in a telephone interview from his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home. "I said a lot of stuff. At that age you think 50 is death. Now you look back and wonder how I got dressed at that age."
Treehouse, Nobody's Monkey, Breaking/Atlantic, ***. This is the first album to be released on Hootie & The Blowfish's label, and it's a promising start. Treehouse is four guys from Liverpool, England, that met at a Crowded House show. It relocated to Columbia, and that's appropriate - not just because it's Hootieville, but because the band sounds strangely American, and not just because they have mandolin and banjo on some tracks.
Four artists with singles in Billboard's Top 100 Hot R&B Singles chart will appear at Mayfest this Saturday at May Park. The music is the highlight of a big, free outdoor festival that in past years has crammed the park with spectators. They come to hear the music, and also to grill food, visit the vendors' booths and carnival games, and hang out. More than 3,000 people attended last year's event. Performances will begin at noon and go until about 6 p.m., but people tend to stick around the park after the music has stopped.
This week, Net Chat features singer Jewel, who was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy. The poetry lover from Homer, Alaska, whose third single, Foolish Games, is expected to be released soon, recently spoke on MTV Online. Q:What do you take with you on the road to make you feel at home? A teddy bear, or a favorite pillow? A:Picture of the mountains back home, a picture of my horse, an eagle feather and a silk pillow case.