Surfing for good music is a daily duty for Indie Art South, and today I wasn’t disappointed. I found a great song by a duo from coastal South Carolina. Sweet Sweet will head to North Florida this weekend for a gig at a venue I’m fond of because I’ve had good times there listening to my daughters perform. The venue, The Green Turtle, is known for quality music and fun times. So what’s so special about Sweet Sweet?
Sweet Sweet comprises Jeremy Dunham and Kerrine Gifford. I viewed their video “Roam” this morning, and the cello immediately took me in. I like instruments like the cello and of course the viola my daughters rely on. I’ve always found the violin overrated as an instrument, possibly because the sound comes off as neurotic at times. It’s a personal aesthetic.
Anyway, “Roam” gets right down to the heart of music gigging. Rebecca always says “Home is where the gig is.” Sweet Sweet, in “Roam”, offers this:
“Wherever I roam, I’ll hang my hat and call that place my home.”
The video for the song is almost a mini-documentary on gig life. As I watched, I recalled all those miles we’ve covered in pursuit of connecting with music lovers from the east coast to Texas. It’s a fun video, and it perfectly melds with the lyrics in a way that made me think of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” The comparison isn’t based on lyrics, score, or narrative, just the feel of “Roam.” My impression may have been colored by the VW bus featured in the vid.
You can hear another tight tune by Sweet Sweet at their website. “To the Stars” is upbeat, and it evokes the connection of music to the human soul. Very nice song.
If you’re anywhere near Fernandina Beach in North Florida on Saturday (May 26), head to The Green Turtle Tavern (14th South 3rd Street) to hear tunes by Sweet Sweet. If you can, be generous with tips. Bands like these do a lot of traveling and it’s expensive. I always overtip musicians (and servers), for obvious reasons.
I’m Band Mom. I’ve seen it all on the gig trail, and it’s a hard knock life. But it’s a life of freedom and connecting with others by a medium only poetry comes close to. In the music of Sweet, Sweet, I hear poetry. That is always a pleasure to find.
Follow Sweet Sweet on Twitter for release info and upcoming performances.
(Kay B. Day/May 22, 2018)
*No benefits whatsoever are derived from this commentary. I just like to write about music I like.