Band: The High Divers
RIYL: Houndmouth, Dawes, Delta Spirit
With only a couple of demos under their belt, Charleston, SC band The High Divers made their début Thursday night at King Dusko playing with Johnny Delaware and The Steady Hand String Band.
The High Divers are new to Charleston, having moved there together from Hilton Head at the beginning of October with the plan to start a band already in mind. They also had immediate plans to start recording with Wolfgang Zimmerman (Brave Baby, Sequoyah, ET Anderson) and plans to start hitting the road after that. They seem to have a hit-the-ground-running mentality and a good situation where they’re already integrated into the Charleston music community. In addition to playing with The High Divers some members also perform in Johnny Delaware’s live band. They’re in the same boat as we are with the feeling that something big is about to happen in Charleston’s music scene. The Holy City is now a melting pot of talented musicians from across South Carolina and the country with a common goal of breaking out on the national scene. Obviously, Shovels and Rope are leading the pack, but bands like Band of Horses are also nourishing young artists having brought Susto and Co. out on the road with them at times, as well as being publicly supportive of the artists.
Charleston is a great fit for The High Divers. The band pulls from a variety of classic influences from distinctly American rock n roll bands like Tom Petty and Wilco, to modern influences like Dr. Dog and Father John Misty. Lately they’ve been listening to a lot of John Prine whose seen a revitalized career in the twilight years of his life. Prine is a true song craftsman with a story to tell and is most deserving of a second wind in his career.
Via email The High Divers said “Where we relocated from was far from a hotbed for original music. We used to celebrate nights when we would not get asked to play ‘Wagon Wheel’.” I guess the only thing worse is for someone to request Darius Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel”. I don’t think they’ll be hearing request for that song anymore. I like to call it four chords and someone else’s chorus, but yeah, I still like that song.
Thu, Dec 18 @ 9:00 PM
Jordan Igoe w/ Avi Jacobs & The High Divers
The Royal American , Charleston