At 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. With Guzik
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. $10 advance, $12 day of show
However the music media try to cleverly spin it, it's true that metal from the Southern states is its own force of nature - the explosive thunder takes on a grittier, somewhat swampier feel, the raw-nerve guitars wail in the dark territory between Metallica and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Read all about Black Tusk elsewhere in this issue. This smokin' Saturday night bill pairs the Savannah power trio with New Orleans' Crowbar. Singer/guitarist Kirk Windstein has been the pointman since the band's formation in 1989, and although he has several other metal units operating at the same time - he's in both Down and Kingdom of Sorrow - Crowbar was (and is) his base of operations. The quartet's hybrid of minor-key sludge metal, hardcore and slashing punk riffs has rendered it essential, and led to a recent signing with E1 Music (formerly Koch), one of the world's largest independent labels. See blacktuskterror.com, crowbarmusic.com
RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND
At 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26
Loco's Grill & Pub, 301 W. Broughton St. $10
"I feel like I have to write songs," Randall Bramblett said in these very pages a few months ago. "I can't just rely on what I've done in the past. I've got to keep writing and pushing the envelope a little bit." Spoken like a true artist. Bramblett is a Georgia-born singer/songwriter who plays piano, guitar and saxophone, and if anyone had a right to rest on his laurels, it'd be him: A charter member of the esteemed jazz/rock ensemble Sea Level, he was also a key part of Gregg Allman's seminal ‘70s band and replaced the late Chris Wood in the reunited Traffic, with Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi.
Yet the artist's restlessness is in him; just this year, he released two new albums: The soulful The Meantime and the live set Jammin' in the Attic, recorded at the legendary Eddie's Attic nightclub in Decatur. Bramblett's a once-and-forever Georgia guy: "I just like it down here; it feels right to me," he said. "It's got a quirkiness, it's got a music scene that is really different and comes up with all these great, cool groups. It's pretty easy living down here."
Bramblett also plays a free solo acoustic show at 8 p.m. See randallbramblett.com
CHECK IT OUT
Also at Loco's, Savannah favorite Brock Butler takes another vacay from Perpetual Groove to do a solo show (with "friends") Wednesday ... Reggae rocker Tubby Love (another hometown guy, and one of the coolest cats around) plays Live Wire Music Hall Wednesday; Live Wire's got Turtlefolk (with the Suex Effect) Saturday ... Bluegrass twosome Eddie and Martha Adcock, and their band, play the Pickin' Parlor at Randy Wood Guitars in Bloomingdale Saturday ...