Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Few Beers with...Dangermuffin

Thursday night InTheBeerAndNow™ had the pleasure of kicking back with 
organic sandblasted roots rock jam band Dangermuffin. They had just driven 13-hours 
straight in their van, all the way from Folly Beach, South Carolina

We've embedded a clip of the band performing "Homestead" at the bottom of the post.

Lead Guitarist Mike Sivilli - a Newburgh, NY native.

Before they hit the stage for a set in the soon to be snow-covered Northeast we had a few beers (and bourbon) and talked tunes and beer before they played an excellent set of new music (from their album Songs for the Universe), old favorites and a couple covers. "Steve and Mike like beer and you can quote me on that," said drummer Steven Sandifer.
Drummer Steven Sandifer
Lead Singer Dan Lotti - Winner of Songwriter's
Hall of Fame
2005 "New Writer's Showcase."

Sandifer joined the band in 2008 and has been touring nonstop with DangerMuffin ever since. Lead singer Dan Lotti currently resides in Asheville, NC which is home to newly-expanding Wicked Weed Brewing but it should been noted that Dan does not drink. The autobiographical song "What's in a Bottle" from their debut album entitled Beermuda (we'd like to vacation there) is an ode to the struggles that can come along with looking for things "in a bottle." Touring constantly, being away from loved ones and sleeping in a different bed every night can surely lead someone to seek solace in the bottle, amongst other things. Nobody said it was gonna be fact, "it's a long way to the top if you wanna Rock-n-Roll."

We talked with drummer Steven and guitarist Mike about the craft beer scene in Folly Beach, SC...a quiet beach town that gets hopping during the summer months. It was formerly the home to Folly Beach Brewing which has since closed. There isn't a thriving beer scene in Folly Beach but the guys say there are a few spots that serve a decent range of craft brews and get good crowds. The gentleman told me that Jack of Cups (which replaced Folly Beach Brewing) is a great spot with a free jukebox and an impressive collection of beer on the menu. It regularly gets pack with locals and visitors looking to sample some of the many local South Carolina beer offerings.

South Carolina is home to 21 breweries last time we checked, with the most widely known and distributed ones being Westbrook Brewing and Thomas Creek Brewing.

South Carolina's Westbrook Brewing is celebrating
their 4th Anniversary with this luscious Imperial Stout
(trades, anyone?)

InTheBeerAndNow™ gives our thanks to Dan, Steve and Mike for taking a few minutes before the show to have a few drinks and talk South Carolina and beer. Dangermuffin is constantly touring so check them out of you get a chance. They will probably be playing somewhere close to you very soon.

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