Music Scene: The Original Wailers, Mishka, Thomas Wynn

The Original Wailers

Tracing the branches that make up The Wailers’ long and confusing history requires a lot of diagrams and charts. So here’s the short of it:

The Wailers started in 1963 with founding members Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh.

Marley split from the band in 1974 to form Bob Marley and The Wailers and go on to international super stardom.

When Marley died in 1981, several original members of Bob Marley and The Wailers formed The Wailers Band.

Then, guitarist Al Anderson decided to form his own band in 2008 called The Original Wailers.

And take into account that Livingston performs solo under the name Bunny Wailer, and you have a mind-boggling number of Wailers to keep up with. Fortunately, they all play noteworthy roots reggae.

With longtime Marley collaborator and original Bob Marley and The Wailers guitarist Anderson at its helm, The Original Wailers is one of the last chances to hear the songs that shaped a genre and began an international movement.

The Original Wailers will perform Tuesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with the local group Old You. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 the day of the show and are available online at Doors open at 8 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343 for more information.

Born in Bermuda and raised primarily on a sailboat, drifting from one island to another throughout the Caribbean, Mishka Frith, known simply as Mishka, spent most of his youth playing music and windsurfing in between his homeschooling sessions.

The island culture and vagabond childhood is easy to hear in Mishka’s music. And while his influence certainly stems from reggae, Mishka’s ability to write from his personal experience gives him a voice full of sincerity and originality largely unmatched by any other songwriter.

Mishka met Matthew McConaughey in 2005, prompting the actor to sign the up-and-coming singer to his label, j.k. livin (just keep livin).

Mishka’s first album under j.k. livin, titled “Above the Bones,” was released in 2009 and shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. His latest album, “Talk About,” was released in 2010 under the production of Butch Walker (Pete Yorn, Pink) and debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Reggae Chart.

Mishka will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Micah Brown. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343 for more information.

There’s an endless crowd of working bands and singers out there, a virtual sea of musicians and singers bobbing in the waves of obscurity, most never to be noticed by the masses. It takes something special, or some incredible good fortune, to stand out.

But when a band or artist does come along with that “thing,” they can be found, for a short time, in the same small clubs, bars and restaurants that make for memorable performances before the masses catch on.

Thomas Wynn & the Believers is that band, the proverbial beacon shining through the surrounding darkness.

Relatively new to the scene, the band consists of siblings Thomas and Olivia Wynn and a cast of veteran musicians. The group’s independently released debut came out in 2009 and helped land the band on stages alongside acts such as Drive-By Truckers, Gov’t Mule, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Charlie Daniels.

Crowds happily welcomed the new band last year, purchasing more than 2,000 copies of the debut and lining up in and around the group’s native Florida to catch a glimpse of its widely acclaimed live show.

The style is nothing new: Southern rock with a lot of soul and plenty of blues. But its execution is what sets it apart.

Thomas Wynn’s gut-wrenching growls ascend into perfectly pitched high notes, while sister Olivia softens the rawness with hallowed-like harmonies that soar sweetly above the pain in her brother’s roars.

The band released its sophomore effort in January and is in the middle of a nationwide tour that will stop in Charleston for two shows over two weeks.

Thomas Wynn & the Believers will perform Saturday at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 10 p.m. Go to for more information.

The band will perform a second show at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road, on July 12. Call the Tin Roof at 571-0775 or go to the venue’s Facebook page for more information.