Maybe the devil is down in Georgia; David Childers and The Serpents are in the Carolinas, live Saturday for The Concerts at the Courtroom at The Gettys Center in Rock Hill.
Childers himself is a character in his own right – the notorious riddle and mystery inside an enigma. Multitasking with panache, he is an acclaimed musician, historian, painter, poet, father, lawyer, champion of art in all forms – a Southern gentleman rabble rouser and the proverbial Renaissance man.
That’s quite a combination, but it’s what makes him not only unique but frankly a bit of a curiosity. His music flows out as an Americana mix of imagery and history with deep widespread roots in folk, country, blues, rock and more.
Childers’ hometown is Piedmont, N.C., and even though he started playing banjo at 14 and picked up guitar in college, his music career didn’t come together until he was nearly 40 and better known as a lawyer.
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He toured and released 10 albums while still practicing law. He stopped performing in 2007 only to resume in 2013 and add new albums. Re-creating himself and his musical persona from Mount Holly Hellcats to Modern Don Juans, The Overmountain Men and now The Serpents, he is ever changing. The lineup of the current band includes himself with son Robert Childers, plus Dale Shoemaker, Korey Dudley, and Geoff White.
This will be Childers’ first appearance for The Concerts at The Courtroom, but it has been in the works for a while. “My son (Robert Childers) has played there a lot,” Childers related. “He’s been trying to get me there.”
Musically, there’s a lot to consider. “We recorded a new album that will be coming out next year,” Childers said, “gonna have to get it mixed, then get it all ‘in the can,’ probably not out until 2017.
“I can be found in any and all formats – I play solo, duo and trio with a standup bass. I’m always working on something,” he said. He can also be found anywhere. “We even went out to Oregon on the tour,” where he said the band “went over there really well.”
“I usually just stand on my own two feet,” he said. “If some don’t accept me, then that’s the way it goes.”
Childers splits much of his time with painting projects, saying. “I paint a lot – painting all kinds of different things and selling it online. I’m not trained, but I’ll paint it.” That sums up his basic code that “sometimes, it’s best to just go for it – whatever it is – for yourself.”
Turning to Saturday’s show in Rock Hill, it’s shaping up to be a real basic rock and roll meeting. “The band now is a real tight unit,” Childers declared. “This is not singer/songwriter kind of sound,” he said, “it’s more rock and roll. I’ve done a number of bluegrass style shows, but this show will have a lot of rock and roll going on. Don’t expect to see me sitting on a stool, playing a bunch of sad songs,” he advised.
“Serpents is about rock and roll. We can’t wait to holler and dance, be energetic and yeah,” repeating, “to dance.”
The takeaway then for the upcoming performance is this invitation. “Come on out have a good time, hope you’ll have fun. We’re sure gonna generate some energy,” Childers promised, then cautions, “don’t come to just sit.”
Find David Childers and The Serpents Saturday along with support Motel Glory, King Trouble at The Concerts at the Courtroom, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill. For show details, check facebook.com/thecourtroomatgettys. For more on the music, visit davidchilders.com.
Friday: Weekends at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Analog Days at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; Songwriter Showcase/Open Mic with Kevin Bridges, host Michael Wayne Avery at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; Soul Therapy at Empire Pizza-Newport, Rock Hill; Rusty Pilot Acoustic at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; The Smilin’ Dogs at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; The Oneppo Brothers Band at Hobo’s, Fort Mill.
Saturday: Jake Haldenwang at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; Stella Rising Duo at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Audiowine at Revolutions at The Galleria Mall, Rock Hill; Dirt Poor at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; Catawba River Monster hosts All Star Jam Benefit for Jeff Barbee at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; Elvis-The Concert Years with Travis Powell at Sylvia Theater, York; The Oneppo Brothers Band at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Silver Wings at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; PJ Brunson presents Women of Song at Eaglespeak Coffee House, Charlotte.
Sunday: The Well Known Strangers at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; David Cornelius at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie.
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