Sound Bites: Weekend of March 25

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Drew Gibson w/ Vilai Harrington

The Spinning Jenny, 107 Cannon St., Greer
Friday, March 25, 8 p.m., $8

Drew Gibson’s 2015 album “1532” was a deeply personal meditation about his family, so his main goal was to make sure they liked it. “For me, since it was so personal, the goal of it was for me to complete it and listen to the songs and make sure I’d done right by my family and just made something special. I was concerned about my family loving it because it was a tribute.” But he got some other listeners interested as well, specifically the Washington Post and No Depression magazine, both of whom praised Gibson’s subtle but infectiously melodic songs and his virtuosic guitar playing. “All of the extraneous critical praise, I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice,” he says. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t important, because it does help you. As much as you don’t want to be superficial about art in general, it does feel good when that happens, and it helps me bring the album to more people.”

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Darby Wilcox w/ Sam Kruer & Nathan Gray

Rainers, 610 S. Main St., Greenville
Friday, March 25, 8 p.m.

Over the past couple of years, Greenville singer/songwriter Darby Wilcox has undergone quite a transformation, both personally and professionally. After a romantic breakup and a serious car accident, she decided to make some changes. “I decided I was going to put all my time and effort into music,” she says. “I spent time going to my friend’s shows, meeting other musicians, then they came to my shows and we ended up united into a tight-knit family.” Bolstered by that musical family (which includes singer Kelly Jo and LOZ Band guitarist John Durham, among others), Wilcox found a new confidence onstage. “We all admire each other’s talent and learn from one another,” she says. “I know they’ve got my back so it leaves me room to act like a boss. I’m also sober now, so I have a different outlook on what is important to me, and music is very much at the top.

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Moe Joe Coffee, 20 S. Main St., Greenville
Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.

The musical duo of Kate & Corey plays a mixture of blues, jazz, country and folk, powered by the pair’s tight, passionate vocal harmonies. Their eclectic, crowd-pleasing blend of styles was honed by a period in 2011 when the pair was forced to busk on the cold streets of Buffalo, N.Y., for spare change. “We learned that appearance and presentation are important, even when you’re playing on the street,” Kate says. “Your concert lasts in their eyes for about 15 seconds,” adds Corey, “so performance-wise, you kind of learn what works in terms of engaging an audience.” It’s also an experience that makes the duo a lot more conscious of how far they’ve come. “I’m always grateful for being able to play on a stage,” Kate says. “I guess I just don’t take anything for granted. I’m thankful even if there’s just one person that sits and listens to us play the whole time.”

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