WANT TO GO?
600LBS OF SIN
WHERE: Sound Factory, 812 Kanawha Blvd. E.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday
INFO: 304-342-8001 or www.soundfactorywv.comAlso performing at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff
WHEN: Noon Saturday
WHERE: Magic Island
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mike Pushkin can joke about it now, but back in May there wasn't a lot to laugh at. Just a few short hours before 600 LBS OF SIN's annual Cinco de Mayo show at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant in South Charleston, Pushkin got a call from vocalist Sierra Ferrell, asking what time they were supposed to be there.
"I told her, six o'clock," Pushkin said, which presented an immediate problem.
Ferrell was in Nashville.
"And she didn't sound like she was on her way to the airport."
Ferrell never really did come back -- not really.
"Basically, she hopped a train out of town," he said. "She wanted to see the world that way." Pushkin laughed. "I don't know. Maybe she read some Kerouac or something and it inspired her to hitchhike all over the country.
"Things happen for a reason."
Rather than implode, 600LBS OF SIN, which plays Friday at the Sound Factory and Saturday at the 46th Annual World's Championship Chili Cookoff, regrouped and continued to play. Pushkin said, "We played as a four-piece for about a month before we started really looking for anybody else. We did the CD release without Sierra. That was really the last straw for me. For a while, she was saying, 'I'll be back next week, I'll be back next week,' and I thought, she's not coming back."
While he and the band weren't really looking, a friend in Morgantown contacted Pushkin and told him about a girl in a bar he'd seen singing happy birthday to someone.
She told him, "The girl had some pipes."
Libby Eddy laughed. She doesn't remember singing happy birthday to anybody at a bar, but she figured that was something she'd do.