Sound Bites: Brother Oliver; Austin Coleman; and Charlie Daniels

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Saturday, June 30
Brother Oliver
The Velo Fellow
1 Augusta St., No. 126
9 p.m.
Free

“Brother Oliver,” the 2017 self-titled debut album by siblings Andrew and Stephen Oliver, was a collection of melodic folk-rock that occasionally ventured into more adventurous territory, mixing in more experimental, psychedelic influences in the production. But their new single, “Castles,” is a more confident, comfortable blend of folk and psychedelia from the start. Andrew Oliver’s acoustic guitar is immediately joined by a spidery, spectral electric guitar. The spacious rhythm seems to stretch out underneath the duo’s vocal harmonies, and the end of the five-minute-plus song works in an extended jam featuring woozy, seasick keyboards, mandolin, and trumpet. “I definitely was really excited with how it turned out,” Andrew Oliver says. “I wanted to put out a single with a little cleaner production. The album we put out last August was kind of designed to sound live, so we wanted it to be raw. We were really pleased how it tuned out, but with ‘Castles’ I wanted to show people we could put out a more polished product. We wanted to get it perfect.” —Vincent Harris

Friday, June 29
Austin Coleman
Smiley’s Acoustic Café
111 Augusta St.
6:30 p.m.
Free

The first album by North Carolina singer-songwriter Austin Coleman, 2016’s “Tusquittee Rain,” certainly makes it sound like Coleman is comfortable with the country-tinged acoustic rock music he’s creating, and the album’s 13 tracks flow by easily like a Southern river, with equal measures of shimmer and grit. But as Coleman prepares his second release, “Long Mile From Home,” he says he’s much happier with both the sound and the organic approach he’s achieved this time out. “On the first record, I’d come out of playing with a heavier, more alternative-rock-style band,” he says. “So, a lot of those songs when they were written didn’t have as much focus on that acoustic direction, even though we recorded them that way. With the second album, the writing was focused a lot more on a raw feeling, and we took that into the studio.” Working at The Vault Recording Lounge in Marietta, Georgia, Coleman and producer-engineer Kevin Sellors took a decidedly old-school approach to recording. “Kevin wanted to use as little digital technology as possible,” Coleman says. “We used old compressors, vintage instruments, and we ran about half of it through a vintage tape machine. We did a lot of things to make it have that nostalgic feel.” —Vincent Harris

Saturday, June 30
The Charlie Daniels Band
Heritage Park Amphitheatre,
861 S.E. Main St., Simpsonville
7 p.m.
Free

It’s interesting what time can do, especially to bands that seemed cutting edge or outside the mainstream in their heyday. Take The Charlie Daniels Band, for example, which has a planned stop in Simpsonville this month. As odd as it seems now, the CDB broke onto the national airwaves as an “outlaw country” band and went on to sell millions of albums and produce classic country-rock crossover standards such as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” and “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” Daniels himself has launched careers as a gospel artist and conservative activist. An instrumental wizard equally skilled on guitar and fiddle, in the 1970s Daniels mixed a hippie’s sense of fun, a bluegrass player’s skill, and some serious rock ’n’ roll muscle into his music, aligning him more with rule-breakers like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams Jr. So, when Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, it was not just a testament to the timelessness of his best music; it was a statement about how much time can change things. —Vincent Harris

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