Band: Muscadine Bloodline, Mike Ryan
Date: Friday, Dec. 22, with doors at 8 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.,
Tickets: $12 in advance /$15 day of show; available at venue, its website, Mellow Mushroom locations or by calling 1-866-777-8932

For some, Christmastime provides a great excuse to travel home for the holidays. One Azalea City duo is doing just that, and bringing a guest with them. Comprising Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton, Muscadine Bloodline will be returning to Soul Kitchen for an evening of homegrown modern country.

Muncaster and Stanton have spent the past year spreading their acoustic-driven, harmonic modern country across the nation. Muscadine Bloodline’s self-titled EP and heavy touring schedule have continued to add new fans to their following. The crowds have devoured earnest ballads such as “Porch Swing Angel” and edgy anthems such as “Shut Your Mouth.” If this duo continues their momentum, 2018 should be a great year.

Muscadine Bloodline’s holiday guest, Mike Ryan, will open. The Lone Star State country artist will be filling his set with cuts from four albums, including his latest, “Blink You’ll Miss It.” Ryan is a backroads troubadour with a catalog filled with vivid life snapshots translated into song. With his new album in hand, Ryan has been using his time on the road to visit old fans and make new ones. His heartfelt live delivery should be a hit with local fans of modern country.