For the sake of argument, let’s compare the current Triangle, NC music scene to the 1993 Charlotte Hornets. Both team and geographic area are bustling with talent – true. But the relationship chasm we must bridge here deals more with veterans upping their game, as true leaders do, in order to show those flashy newcomers what the hell is up.
So, to make sure my personal love of Grandmama does not come into play here, I’ve imported both music scene and roster into a spreadsheet, created some pivot tables, written a few macros and here is what the data tells us:
Dex Romweber Duo = Mike Gminski
Spider Bags = Sidney Green
The Rosebuds = Dell Curry
JKutchma & The Five Fifths = Kenny Gattison
The Love Language = Muggsy Bogues
Whatever Brains = J.R. Reid
Hiss Golden Messenger = Kendall Gill
Gross Ghost = Larry Johnson
T0W3RS = Alonzo Mourning
Some Army = Johnny Newman
Lost in the Trees = David Wingate
All make total sense, obviously, but since they’re the Jam of the Day, The Love Language should take center court. Just like Muggsy, Stu McLamb rises above the size of his band, and stays nimble, though the adversities facing his band have been massive. A master of the mechanics of songwriting, or ink-dribbling, as us bloggers call it, McLamb has been a local MVP for years, not only for his musicianship, but also because he defies the current status quo by choosing to wear those short-shorts players wore back in the 60s.
Check out a little of his new offensive moves below – and pick up the entire new playbook (yeah, I’m still going with this), Ruby Red, when it’s out July 23.