Once in a great while I’ll catch a performer in a small bar somewhere along the Grand Strand and wonder why he or she isn’t headlining at the House of Blues, or hasn’t won a Grammy (or even a Grimmy), and hasn’t reached Gold or Platinum status in record sales. Forgive my gushing, but Lindsay Wojcik is one such performer.
I’ve told people she’s “among the best talent you may have never heard of.” You have two opportunities this week to catch her in solo performances that, at least in my book, are rare treats that should set the standard for original music in a small-club setting.
Wojcik, 30, has been playing art shows, Earth Day festivals, and random bar gigs here in the area for around five or six years. Now living in her original hometown of Atlanta, Ga., Wojcik had been an Asheville, N.C.- based artist who took her folksy, bluesy pop originals and recorded four CDs’ worth of material during the last decade. Wojcik says she felt at home in Asheville, and that the city reflected her own bohemian, free-spirited culture and musical tastes.
Wojcik has appeared locally as soloist, as part of a full band, and more recently in a duo with her Air Force-bound musical partner, and boyfriend, keyboardist Craig Larimer. For this trip to the Grand Strand, her last for awhile, she’s flying solo at 8 tonight (Oct. 4) at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in Myrtle Beach, and from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 5) at the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet.
I recently caught up with Wojcik by phone to discuss her musical past and present, and her future with boyfriend and new military man, Larimer.
“I’ll be playing solo at the beach,” said Wojcik. “Craig joined the Air Force and will be in Colorado soon to start basic training. He’ll be playing in the Air Force band, and we’re moving out there from Atlanta in November. This will be my last run of South Carolina shows for quite a while, and I’m excited to see everybody.”
Wojcik first performed here at Collector’s Café in Myrtle Beach, and played several Earth Day festivals, and did a few Global Awareness Project art-show events, and she says she hasn’t “been able to quit coming [to the beach] – I love it there.” Larimer turns out to be a pretty good home studio audio engineer, and was the tech behind the latest project.
“We just released an EP called ‘Photosynthesis’,” said Wojcik, “a five-track CD Craig and I did together. We moved into kind of new direction – a bit more pop, and less folky. Lately I’ve been listening to James Blake, Ryan Adams, Brandi Carlisle, Jack Johnson – all kinds.”
Wojcik and Larimer have found Atlanta to work well as a hub for travel, and with a pretty hip music scene of its own, but it’s obvious she misses Asheville, too
“I love Asheville,” she said. “It has a great music scene, and it’s home to my kind of music and my kind of people. I have a lot friends still living there. Colorado, especially Boulder, is kind of the same way, so that will be cool.”
“This [Myrtle Beach trip] will be my last time there for a while, and wanted to say goodbye. We’ll be playing some new venues [out West] and that will be great, too. We’ll be back one day. I know we will.”