Hear high-energy country music Saturday at Long Branch

January 9, 2014 

Darrell Harwood was bitten by the music/show biz bug early, thanks to his father’s musical ventures in his Cool Water Band. Now, Harwood and his own Cool Water Band visit The Long Branch in Rock Hill on Saturday to spread their message of fun-loving, high-energy country music.

Based around the North Carolina towns of China Grove and Salisbury, Harwood and his band have been propelled by dedication plus fast-paced live performances. The group features Harwood handling frontman/lead vocals; Eric Upton, guitar; John Barton, guitar; Buddy Martin, bass; and Tim Jones, drummer.

This group of talented players is considered a close-knit bunch, which just adds to their rowdiness and camaraderie onstage. Together they have also crafted Harwood’s new CD of five original songs. Hailed as must-see, high-energy/good ol’ country boy party music, expect shenanigans and crafty skills when Darrell Harwood and the Cool Water Band land Saturday at The Long Branch, 761 Riverview Road, Rock Hill. Call 803-327-2789 or go to for more show info. For more on the music, check,, and find them on Facebook.


When considering rock and roll royalty, Leon Russell – live Tuesday at The Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte – is definitely a founding father.

Originally from Tulsa, Okla., this legendary musician/songwriter/arranger/producer excels no matter what style – rock, folk, blues, country, rhythm and blues – all made real by his signature gospel-soaked Southern boogie piano flair.

Well known for his seminal multi-genre work during the 70s, it was his high-profile affiliations like the classic Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and the epic Concert For Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, plus legendary hit songs “Tight Rope,” “Delta Lady,” even the stellar “Jumpin’ Jack Flash/Youngblood” medley which blasted this musician/singer/songwriter/ into mainstream superstardom.

However, it might surprise some to know that Russell’s brilliant, colorful career began much earlier as a sought-after session player in the 60s for a cross section of the most illustrious in music. He was even a piano player for the house band on the TV show “Shindig.”

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Russell’s stellar half-century-plus career reveals him to be arguably the most accomplished, versatile musician in the rock era. His career waned for a bit but inevitably resumed working with Elton John, Bernie Taupin, T-Bone Burnett and releasing new music boosted by intermittent touring. Russell’s current band lineup features Jackie Wessel, bass; Brandon Holder, drums; Beau Charron, multiple instruments; and Payton Goodner, percussion.

Bask in the wild, wondrous glory of one of our most celebrated musicians with Leon Russell live along with Hot Tuna, Tuesday at the Neighborhood Theater, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. For information and show details call 704-942-7997 or go to For more on the music visit


Friday: Weekends at Empire Pizza and Bar-Newport, Rock Hill; Sun-Dried Vibes at Madison’s, Fort Mill; Rachel Garcia Jazz Quartet at Southsider’s Public House, Waxhaw; Perfect Strangers’ Acoustic at Yellow Rose Touchstone, Charlotte; An Evening with the Legendary Percy Sledge, Electric Cartel at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Charlotte Folk Society Young Talent Showcase with Landro Pieroni at the Great Aunt Stella Center, Charlotte; Temperance League, MSRP at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Tyler Brown, Raintree, Claim Culture, more at Milestone, Charlotte; The Traffic Jam Band at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Face 2 Face Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Southern Experience at Stooges, Charlotte; Kenny Floyd at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Pullman Strike, Anchor Bends, Sinners and Saints at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Eliot Bronson, Kellin Watson at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Saturday: PJ Brunson at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; Frank Sciandra at the Kickin’ Pig, Rock Hill; David Griffin at Amici’s Lovin’ Oven, Rock Hill; Stella and The Groove Trio at The Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Arts Council Prohibition Party with Take Three Jazz Trio in The Courtroom-Getty’s Art Center, Rock Hill; PTB with Robert Johnson Jr. at Southsider’s Public House, Waxhaw; Kashmir, Deep Sky at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Halden Vang featuring Jake Haldenwang at Malone’s PourHouse, Charlotte; On the Run, Frankie Gene, Mountain Island Lake Funk, Whiskey Honey at the Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Groove 8, People’s Blues of Richmond at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Overmountain Men, Abe Reid and The Spikedrivers at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Swinging Richards at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Donna Duncan Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Ex-Friends, No Anger Control, The Radio Reds, Secret Hospital at Milestone, Charlotte; The Piedmont Boys at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte Colt Ford, John King at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Grown Up Avenger Stuff, SO Stereo at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Remembering Earl Scruggs with Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Sam Bush plus Rob Ickes, Jim Mills, Gar Scruggs, Randy Scruggs at Malcolm Brown Auditorium-Shelby High School, Shelby.

Sunday: B.B. King at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Apple Brother’s Band at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Ultra Bide, Drone, Moenda, Chase Warren and The Homewreckers, more at The Milestone, Charlotte.

Monday: Open Mic with Three Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Open Mic at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Tuesday: Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, more at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Hot Tuna, Candid Coal People at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; 7th Annual Stout Pull with Josh Thompson, Tyler Farr, Chris Stapleton at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Covers for a Cause Featuring the Music of Elvis Costello at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Miami Dice, Meth Dad, Chiffon, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Morgan Riley Band at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Stone Sour, Pop Evil, Stolen Babies at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Toby Creek at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.

Thursday: Die Sektor, Angels on Acid at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; The Fresh Beat Band at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte; The Co. at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Jason Isbell, Holly Williams at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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