A Conversation With Sugarland’s Kristian Bush

The number “three” holds a special significance for singer-songwriter Kristian Bush. Music fans in Charleston might remember Bush as one half of the folks rock duo Billy Pilgrim, which enjoyed quite a following here in the 90‘s thanks to radio station 96 Wave playing songs such as “Insomniac.” Nowadays, Bush is a founding member of the country supergroup Sugarland, which has sold 14 million albums worldwide and won numerous music awards. Bush, who plays a special solo show this Friday at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms, says that for the last 20 years, his music has followed a curious cycle. “It happens in March of every year with a three in it,” says Bush, speaking by phone from his home in Atlanta. “March of 1993 is when Billy Pilgrim got its deal with Atlantic Records, March of 2003 is when Sugarland signed with Universal Records, and this past March was when I released “Love and Money,” my solo single.” That solo effort is a perfect example of Bush’s songwriting style, with playful, catchy lyrics set to an equally intoxicating melody.

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Idol’s Lee DeWyze hits the Windjammer

American Idol Season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze, will share a bill with Charleston’s own Tyler Boone on Thurs. Dec. 5 at The Windjammer. Before winning Idol, DeWyze released two indie records with WuLi Records, and he played all the instruments — drums, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano — on his first discs.


The Official Pre & Post Party of The Southern Ground Music & Food Festival

Pre Party:   John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range  With  The Jeb Stuart Band

Tickets are $20 Advance or $15 at the door if you show a copy of the CD “DAYLIGHT” By John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range. $20 at the door without a CD

(Doors 8PM)

Discount not available with Advance Ticket Sales




Post Party:  Coy Bowles and The Fellowship With Matt MacKelcan

Tickets are only $10

(Doors 9PM)


“Coy and his band will be here right after Zac Brown Band finishes their show at Southern Ground Music & Food Festival!

Last year this was a Private event!

The Paul Tucker Memorial Jam!!

Back in the 80’s I was very fortunate to be part of an incredible musical experience called the Jumper Cables. The Cables were a scary good band and a major part of that scary goodness was the world class rhythm section. This rhythm section consisted of my present BootyRanch cohort Stevie Kent on the drums and our dear friend and recently departed Brother Mr. Paul Tucker. For those of you who are not aware, Paul passed away last year and we never really got the chance to give him a suitable sendoff to the other side. I am pleased to announce that on August 17th we will be doing just that. We will be having a musical celebration of Paul’s life and times and we want to invite all you lovers of good music to come out and join us for the day and well into the night. We are having a day long celebration with lots of good food, lots of good music and a whole lot of good people. There will be award winning BBQ and sides courtesy of our good friend and Brother Sean Shrum. If any of you want to bring food as well, please feel free to do so. Trying to keep it down home and countryfried. We’ll also be having some awesome silent auction action all day long. Some cool stuff is up for grabs including some nice autographed musical memoriblia. The music will be pretty much non-stop and will be provided by people who were all friends and fans of Paul’s musical and personal style. All kickass. All of the time. The only thing missing is YOU. If you dig killer guitar stylings and killer music in general then this is a show that you do NOT want to miss. Part of the proceeds will be going to help with Paul’s daughters’ college expenses so we are hoping to make this a sold out show. Come on out and celebrate the life and times of our good friend Paul Tucker with us. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 3PM, music starts at 4PM and goes til it don’t go no more. Hope to see you there!Johnny Mac
Here’s the band schedule.

4:00 to 4:30 Hott w/ Harry Leggs.

Some good friends from Macon Ga. If it wasn’t for their guitarist, Bobby Carr, I would never have even met Paul Tucker.

4:45 to 5:15 Berkeley

Supremely Bluesy stuff from right here in Chucktown.

5:30 to 6:00 The Port City Prophets.

These guys were Charleston’s representatives to this year’s IBC Blues Challenge.

6:15 to 7:00 Those High Mountain Rockin’ Remedy Guys

These are some of my favorite musicians and they will kick da major ass. And I hear these guys are gonna play some Sea Level stuff in honor of Mr. Tucker. Nice.

7:15 to 9:00 The BootyRanch w/ Special guests

Sitting in with the ranch will be Michael Davis, Brad Henty, Marty Parker, Johnny Cathcart and the lovely and awesomely talented “Bubbles”. We will also be doing a special Cables set in honor of Paul.

9:30 until they is done The Swimming Pool Q’s

Cool band out of the ATL. These guys were tearin’ it up back at the Jammer in the 80’s and were the first signed band ever to play the Jammer. This appearance coincides with the re-release of the Swimming Pool Q’s: The A&M Years 1984 -1986.

Toad the Wet Sprocket here Monday July 22nd

When Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he never dreamed that anyone would actually use such a silly name. Fast forward to 1986, when four California teens adopted the monicker as a joke for their first gig at a Goleta, CA watering hole called The Shack.

Against all odds, the joke became permanent. “Toad the Wet Sprocket” has been touring ever since with all four original members: lead singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. From 1989-1998, they made 5 studio albums which combined sold over four million copies, had five major radio hits, and won over audiences across North America and Europe.


The Windjammer’s recipe for 40 years of beach bar life: music, volleyball & bikinis on front beach of the Isle of Palms.

Ahh, Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer and the first of the three triple crown summer weekends.

After spending nearly a quarter century in the Charleston area, I can’t think of one place that embodies summer more than The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms.


Darius Rucker Remembers Early Club Days

Evan Agostini, AP
Darius Rucker’s love affair with music goes way back, so it’s no surprise to hear that he has been thrown out of some of the best clubs in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. The singer wasn’t shown the door because he was rowdy or causing a scene, but because he would sneak in when he wasn’t legally old enough to be there, just to see the band!

Budweiser Bikini Bash 2013

The Windjammer’s Bikini Bash Returns Next Sunday

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From: The-Windjammer.com

From: The-Windjammer.com

The famous (infamous?) Budweiser Bikini Bash series returns to the Windjammer on May 26th.

The long-running competition will be held on the following Sundays this summer:

  • May 26th
  • June 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd, and 30th
  • July 4th, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • The Finals will be held on August 4th

The format varies slightly every year, but the gist of the event is girls dancing around in bikinis. Winners receive cash prizes and a chance to compete for even more money in the Finals.

The start times vary, but generally the competition begins in the later afternoon/early evening.