Shotgun Saints group returns to Rock Hill after long absence

January 16, 2014 

Sample the sounds of Sleeper Agent Thursday at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte.


Rockers Shotgun Saints return to Rock Hill Friday at The End Zone after a nearly two-year absence from the area.

More recently the Saints have been completely out of commission due to lead guitarist Dave Mauldwin’s broken wrist last fall.

What followed that was surgery, steel pins, casts and physical therapy. “I was told that it could take more than a year before I could play guitar,” Mauldwin said. “After the initial three pins were taken out, a permanent fiberglass cast was fitted and I began doing as much physical therapy as possible.”

Guitar practice was initially brief. He played through the pain, numbness and initial stiffness, and that finally led to jamming with the full band about a month ago. Mauldwin said, “I still have pain, numbness in my right palm and little finger” but regardless, now he is ready to rock.

The band’s lineup has changed some in the interim. Joining Mauldwin, lead guitar/lead & backing vocals, are Sandra D., lead/backing vocals and Eddie Thompson, guitar/keyboards – plus new members James Eaton, bass/vocals and Mark Ewert, drums.

Aimed at hard and heavy classic-influenced rock plus some classic blues, Shotgun Saints shoot through rock favorites from the 60s to the 80s. It’s a show with a musical mix the band targets to be powerful, energetic and even a little danceable.

A preview sampling of hits covered is found on the band’s Reverbnation profile. Plenty of punch there, pointing to a renewed spirit firing up Shotgun Saints bringing their rockin’ revival back full force Friday to The End Zone Bar and Grill, 2354 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Call 803-324-8300 for show details or find the club on Facebook. For more on the music, go to;; and on Facebook.


Trot out and sample the sounds of Sleeper Agent live Thursday at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte. Sleeper Agent’s rock and roll dream is to share their “joyously melodic” and a bit goofy musical magic.

The “little garage band that could,” Sleeper Agent – whose name is a “Battlestar Galactica“ reference – is originally from Bowling Green, Ky., and features Alex Kandel, vocals; Tony Smith, guitar/vocals; Justin Wilson, drums; Lee Williams, bass; Scott Gardner, keyboards/synths, and Josh Martin, lead guitar.

Their 2011 debut album “Celebrasion” found favor online as well as with national music media, sending them on tour nearly nonstop with Weezer, Fun, Grouplove, and more. Their sophomore album, “About Last Night,” is headed for release March 25, sporting 10 solid tracks written by guitarist Smith. With T. Rex and The Beatles among the influences for his tight rock-pop hooks, Smith writes all the music and lyrics.

Curiously, his voice has been frequently compared to that of Jack White. Take all those tantalizing hints and suggestive signs, then uncover Sleeper Agent live Thursday along with New Politics and Magic Man at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Check or call 704-377-6874 for show info. Find more on the band at and on Facebook.


Friday: Deejay Silver at The Long Branch, Rock Hill; Stella Rising at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; McGroover at Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; For The Road Band at McHale’s on Main, Rock Hill; John and Jay Duo, McHale’s Irish Pub, Fort Mill; Lipstick on a Pig at T-Bones, Lake Wylie; Mack Fowler & Company, Game Face at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Heywire at Jack Beagles-NoDa, Charlotte; Mickie James, Craig Veltri at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Schism, New Level, The Feral at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Chuck Johnson Duo at Big Ben British Restaurant and Pub, Charlotte; Supatight at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Year of the Ox, Stone City, The Seduction, POW at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Farewell Drifters at the Evening Muse, Charlotte; Math the Band, Little Bull Lee, Gearjammer, Appalucia, more at the Milestone, Charlotte; Ollie Take Cover at Bonfire Bar & Grill, Charlotte; The Snails, Common Foundation, Bums Lie, Queen City Dub at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Bettye LaVette at the Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Paul Thorn at Don Gibson Theater, Shelby.

Saturday: Mike Forrest at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess at Community Performance Center, Rock Hill; Wreckless Band at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Back Porch, Chester; Badfish – Sublime Tribute at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Randy Franklin at Comet Grill, Charlotte; This Fallen Empire, Invoker, My Brother’s Keeper, Lucy Kaplansky at the Evening Muse, Charlotte; March Fourth Marching Band at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Amigo, Company, Mechanical River at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Bill Miller Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Dirt Poor at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Jared Gray at Tin Roof, Charlotte; Run Engine, The Mike Strauss Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Chuck Johnson Duo at Freeman’s Pub, Gastonia; Sunday Best, Cory Hunt Band at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.

Sunday: Bonz, Drill at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Cranford Hollow at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte.

Monday: Open Mic with The Dawn Drapes at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Joe Smith & The Going Concern at Crown Station Pub, Charlotte; Mark Kano at Tin Roof, Charlotte; The Jazz Room with Phillip Whack at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Banditos at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Crunk Witch, Doug Funnie, Lil Skritt, more at Milestone, Charlotte; John Brodeur at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; The Son of James Brown – Daryl Brown at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.

Thursday: New Politics, Magic Man, Sleeper Agent at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Andrea Gibson, Chris Pureka at Neighborhod Theater, Charlotte; Chris Sanchez at Icehouse-Southend, Charlotte; Daft Phunk-Ear Phunk at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Ernie Halter at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Kitchen, Analog Daze at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Lee Bains, III and The Glory Fires, Turf War, Birds with Teeth, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Open Mic with Brett Greer at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Plut for Planet at Tin Roof, Charlotte; The Woodgrains at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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