Truckstop Preachers crossing the border

Feeling frisky, even feisty, this weekend? Say no more, and look no further than The Truckstop Preachers Saturday at The Comet Grille in Charlotte.

This Rock Hill-based band, known for its uncommon, unpretentious, what-you-see-is-what-you-get show, trots out a tacky, trashy spirited sound that's a cross of old-style country, rockabilly, punk-ish twang and bluegrass with a pinch of straight-ahead rock thrown in.

It's a list of biblical proportions revealing what influences begat their sound -- Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, The Clash, Hank Sr., Hank III, Steve Earle, Brian Setzer, BR549, early Aerosmith, Gram Parsons, Rev. Horton Heat, Merle Haggard, Jerry Reed, Waylon Jenning.

Just expect a gen-u-ine good time from these itinerant outlaws. The members are Lee Goodwin, lead guitar and vocals; Glenn Jones, rhythm guitar and vocals; Jeff Faulkner, bass; Mike Elder, drums; and Nathan Palmer, vocals.The Comet Grille is at 2224 Park Road. Call (704) 371-4300 for more info or check myspace.com/thecometgrill. To catch up with the band, visit myspace.com/truckstoppreachers and truckstoppreachers.com.

Tonight is the right time to find musical fun with friends at Kelly's Bistro in Rock Hill. Kelly's Heroes will rock tonight with featured players Wane Marett on bass, Kristy Marett on vocals, Ralph Robinson on drums and guest Lou Lambruschi on keyboards. Kelly's Bistro is at 1101 E. Main St. For details, call 327-3311.

Attention, all drum aficionados, wanna-be drum wizards and fans of upper echelon rock and roll luminaries: rock legend Carmine Appice will present a drum seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, hosted by Creative Ej Inc. in Huntersville, N.C.

Appice's career has run the gamut of rock history from the '60s to the 21st century. His band affiliations read like a list of the hall of fame, including Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Blue Murder, the Rod Stewart Band and Edgar Winter Group.

He has performed with Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and more. Creative Ej Inc. is at 12340 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. To get more information, call (704) 875-2135 or go to www.creativeej.com

The May 1 deadline for artist submissions for the '07 Atlantis Music Conference is closing in. The 10th Anniversary of The Atlantis Music Conference and Festival is Sept. 19 to 22 in Atlanta. The event has relocated to the CW Midtown Music Complex. Artists will showcase for top industry movers and shakers. For more information go to atlantismusic.com or apply online through Sonicbids at www.sonicbids.com.

Take your time to find fun and musical frolic this weekend. Check out these potential destinations.

• Tonight: Winthrop fraternity Phi Mu Alpha's charity fundraiser with five bands at Scandal's, Rock Hill; Chop Top, A Road Eternal and Merzah at The Money, Rock Hill; The Breakfast Club, '80s retro band, at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Square Roots at The City Tavern-Stonecrest, Charlotte; Wax Gurus at The Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, Charlotte; Brian Doyle and The Hamiltons at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Tim Clark Band at The Double Door Inn at The Lake, Cornelius, N.C.; The Kennedys with SoloS Unit at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Accidents with Scull Soup at The Milestone, Charlotte; Lotus with Telepath at The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Volatile Baby at The Pewter Rose, Charlotte; Simplified at The Press Box, Charlotte; Thee Unright, Wicked Jones and Headsnap at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; and Electric Boogaloo and The White Leppard Crue at Wild Wing Café, Charlotte.

• Saturday: Modern Skirts with Bain Mattox at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Decaying Face Down, Shotgun For The Scene and Skinkage at The Money, Rock Hill; Rehab at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Popa Chubby at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Tim Clark Band at The Double Door Inn at The Lake, Cornelius, N.C.; Intethod, Dreamscapes of the Perverse and Blatant Disarray at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Brooks Wood Band at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Volatile Baby at The Pewter Rose, Charlotte; and Analog Daze and The Trolleyvox at SK Netcafe, Charlotte.

• Monday: Dimmu Borgir, Unearth, Devil Drive and Kataklysm at Amos' Southend, Charlotte.

• Tuesday: The Holmes Brothers at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; and The Toasters, The Briggs and Rogue Nations at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte.

• Wednesday: Amber Pacific, Melee and Powerspace at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; and Captured by Robots, Teddy Bear Orchestra and Ugly Dobro at The Milestone, Charlotte.

• Thursday: Thrice with Norma Jean at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Next Exit at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; and MacMcAnally with Fingers Taylor at the Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte.

And that was, "all she wrote."