“GET THE LOWDOWN: The Dirty Lowdown will release its debut CD, "Dealin' Sin," tonight at Elbow Room. As if presenting a new collection of songs wasn't enough, the quartet will try to pull off one of the most ambitious release shows in recent memory.
"We wanted to do something a little bit different for this CD release party," said Josh McGill, who sings and plays guitar.
For its set, The Dirty Lowdown will invite friends to sit in onstage. The concept, McGill said, is very much like The Last Waltz, The Band's final concert that was made into a documentary film by Martin Scorsese.
The band is a fan of simply just playing music.
Since the band will be donating a portion of the CD sales to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, we had to ask what was up with titling the album "Dealin' Sin?"
"It's just came out of one of the lines of the songs," McGill said.”
The Dirty Lowdown — Josh McGill and his band of brothers (literally — there are three McGill’s in the group) have an appreciation for classic rock and soul that’s apparent through their choice of covers by the likes of Jackie Wilson and Van Morrison. Their original tunes are a combination of early R.E.M. jangle and the blue-collar rock of less-classic rockers such as Willie Nile, Robert Hazard or The Walking Wounded. Opener Alien Carnival is another local musical aggregate surrounding the ubiquitous singer-songwriter Bentz Kirby, featuring full-band arrangements of his tunes along with its own repertoire of classic covers. — K. Oliver
Five Points Pub: 8 p.m., $5; 253-7888, myspace.com/5pointspub.”
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The Dirty Lowdown — Proving Occam’s theory that the simplest approach is often the best, The Dirty Lowdown keeps it simple: There are no tricky time changes and no flashy fretwork, just emphasis on solid tunes and sweet, soulful harmonies. This Chris Conner Foundation benefit also features performances by Stillhouse and a group of local troubadours rounded up by Bentz Kirby, including Petrillo Relents frontman Andrew Francis, who, we hear, will soon be leaving our hep little burg for Sin City. P. Wall
New Brookland Tavern: 6:30 p.m., $5 ($7 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.”
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The Dirty Lowdown —There’s nothing particularly special or spectacular about The Dirty Lowdown, which might just be the most special thing about them. Just when you think, “Oh no, not another blues-based rock band,” lead singer Josh McGill comes up with a chorus or turn of phrase that grabs your ear and won’t let go. Unassuming, workman-like rock like this has been popular in the past from Dire Straits to Tom Petty to Warren Zevon, and McGill has a similar kind of recognizable voice, both in his singing and the songs he is writing. McGill frequents Bentz Kirby’s singer-songwriter and tribute nights, but with a band in tow he’s closer to electric Dylan than an acoustic folkie. K. Oliver
New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($7 under 21); 791-4413,”
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