Band: Scotch Hollow
Date: Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m.
Venue: Moe’s Original BBQ, 701 Spring Hill Ave.,
Scotch Hollow has an interesting history. The band formed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, after guitarist Mark Verbeck and vocalist Carley Martin bonded over their love of traditional roots music, ranging from traditional country to blues.
The band took an unusual turn in 2008, when it changed its name to Bandit Runner and delved into funk-rock. But when Verbeck developed an extreme case of tendinitis, the duo’s music career came to an abrupt halt. Verbeck continued to write songs using his iPad. His friend Albert Dingus helped add instrumentation to these songs, and Scotch Hollow was revived as a trio.
The band’s latest album, “Raging Bull in a Chicken Wire Pen,” sets its tone with “Burn Cruise,” an acoustic blues track forged in the hot fields of Parchman Farm — the Mississippi State Penitentiary. The tracks that follow show Scotch Hollow’s passion for old-school blues with elegiac lyrics and plenty of acoustic slide work.