Slated to perform a special opening evening of the display as well.
By Fred Mills
NC’s resident sleaze/geek/food/roots rockers Southern Culture On The Skids has been operative for three decades and now the trio is about to be celebrated at UNC Chapel Hill’s Southern Folklife Collection via a new exhibit smartly dubbed “Lard Have Mercy! 30 Years of Southern Culture on the Skids.” It’s slated to open March 14 at Wilson Library on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill, and that night the band is also scheduled to play a at the Playmakers Theater venue. According to the organizers:
“Lard Have Mercy” traces the history of Chapel Hill’s “Legendary Bards of Downward Mobility,” Southern Culture on the Skids (SCOTS). Formed in 1983. SCOTS embody a raucous, sleazy, good-natured, good-time take on Southern traditions and traditional music playing a unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop, driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy.
Featuring photography by Kent Thompson and Michael Benson as well as instruments, posters, recordings, and other ephemera from the SCOTS collection in the Southern Folklife Collection.
As a veteran of numerous SCOTS gigs going all the way back to the mid ‘80s, I can personally testify to those sweat-drenched paroxysm of joy, for sure. The exhibit will open at 6pm that night at Wilson then the band will perform over at Playmakers at about 7:30. More details can be found right here. Meanwhile, let’s review: