REVIEW: South Carolina Broadcasters’ new album of old time music

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 02:31 PM

The South Carolina Broadcasters sound both old and new. It’s familiar and comforting old-time string music, yet it’s also presented in a fresh way. They’ll perform Saturday at Motorco Music Hall in Durham and later on in Hillsborough, Raleigh and Carrboro. The Broadcasters are Sarah Osbourne on banjo and vocals; Ivy Sheppard on fiddle, guitar, vocals and banjo; and David Sheppard on guitar and vocals. Their newest release, out this month, is “Short Time to Stay Here.”

The new release shows off the trio’s sound that is professional and polished yet approachable and friendly. It is an album of mostly traditional songs about, indeed, our “Short Time to Stay Here,” arranged by the South Carolina Broadcasters.

The trio is based in Charleston, S.C., but Osbourne is closer to North Carolina, as she was raised in Alamance County and is a student at William Peace University.

The traditional tune “When I’m Gone” is a foot-tapping while-you-rock-on-your-front-porch song. “Write Me Sweetheart” by Roy Acuff is a grab-your-partner-and-get-out-of-that-rocking-chair-song. “Let Me Fall” is the everybody-up-right-now song.

“I’ll Have A New Life” by Luther G. Presley and arranged by the band is the country church repast after Easter services song. There are other songs about getting to glory, like Hank Williams Sr.’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.” In the liner notes, Ivy Sheppard wrote that singing is the essence of their band, “and there’s nothing that transcends all boundaries quite like it. Wherever glory for you may be, this song should get you there.”

The South Carolina Broadcasters are there to usher you along.