Windjammer features Live Bait ‘Reunion Show’ May 17

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Live Bait, an original Charleston roots-rock band who gained popularity in the late 1990s will reunite once again onstage at the Windjammer on Friday, May 17.

Vocalist/guitarist David Dunning and percussionist/vocalist Bruce Patrick initially formed Live Bait as a duo in 1996, but they soon morphed into full band status after winning an acoustic competition at the old Café 99 venue that year. With the addition of pedal steel player Jay Jackson, bassist John Krucke and drummer Scott Price, the band independently produced and released a self-titled acoustic rock album that earned attention in the Lowcountry music scene for its sing-along songs and smooth vocal harmonies.

After Jackson moved to Nashville in 1998, electric guitarist Chris Barrineau joined the band, rounding the band to a full rock sound. With Barrineau, Live Bait recorded their second full-length, titled “Second Hand.” It earned rave reviews locally and regionally and sold more than 8,000 units without any label support.

After the release of “Second Hand,” bassist Ben Polk replaced Krucke and Live Bait hit the road for the next five years. Local radio stations 96 Wave, 98 Rock and 95SX helped support the buzz around the band by adding their songs into regular rotation, including the singles “Second Hand” and “But I Do” from their third album, “Single Slice.”

After extensive regional touring and showcasing for major record companies, the name Live Bait no longer seemed to fit the heavier style of rock they’d developed over the years. In April 2000, the band officially changed their name to 210 Deluxe while performing the 96 Wave birthday bash at Joe Riley Park. Upon Price’s occasional absence to tour with punk band Cletus, multi-talented Keith Bradshaw (previously of the Groovy Cools) stepped in to play drums and transitioned to second electric guitar when Price’s tour was over.

210 Deluxe disbanded in 2003. Many of the former bandmates will reunite at this month’s Live Bait reunion show at the encouragement of Jackson, who currently plays pedal steel full-time with Nashville-based country superstar Jason Aldean.

It’s no coincidence the Windjammer Bait reunion will follow the Aldean concert at the North Charleston Coliseum this same night. Jackson will work double-duty that night by playing full sets at both venues. He will bring along some of his Aldean bandmates to grace the Windjammer stage as well. When asked if Jason Aldean himself will make a special appearance, the band’s tight-lipped response was, “We don’t know.” They’re certain, however, that this will be a special occasion with a few surprises.

Admission to the Windjammer show is $7 at the door. Charleston rock band Spunjwurthi and Columbia-based act Kemp Ridley (acoustic) open the show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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