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October 25, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Sunny Ledfurd and gang are always down for a party, and they plan to live it up when they take over the Snorty Horse Saloon on Friday. “Columbia can expect something pretty erratic because the Snorty Horse throws down,” Ledfurd says. “I love that spot.”
The North Carolina native has been performing for nearly 16 years. After teaching himself guitar at age 15, Ledfurd eventually began his music career in local bars. Following a futile attempt to get signed, he began self-producing his music from a home studio. In 2003, Ledfurd released the first of eight albums and EPs.
Although Ledfurd has tried to steer clear of labels, his music has been classified as anything from Southern rock to country rap. Due to his country-leaning sound and party-all-night lyrics, Ledfurd can’t seem to break away from his “half-redneck” rock star motif. “I don’t really get into the whole genre thing, that’s a shortcut to thinking,” Ledfurd says. “It’s just more like we do what we do, and people come out and see it.”
“Nickel Size Hail,” “Pontoon Boat” and “Myrtle Beach” are a few of the songs Ledfurd’s fans have grown to love. With lyrics such as “better lock up your liquor and keep your women mean,” and “I like Red Bull and vodka, and gettin’ down in the rain,” Ledfurd writes about what he knows and what he likes.
“It’s my life, friends’ lives,” he says. “You know, you’re playing the guitar, you got some vibes and ideas, and then you sit around, smoke some weed, drink some beers, maybe say some little phrase. We start building around that.”
Ledfurd’s stop in Columbia is part of his Twist One Up for the Road tour. He will be promoting his newest EP, The Vacation Continues… and other songs from his greatest hits album. Luke Kaufman and Matt Borden, two of the artists signed on Ledfurd’s record label, Ledfurd Recurds, will be traveling with Ledfurd’s crew throughout the tour.
Columbia is Ledfurd’s first stop before traveling to 13 other states between Georgia and California. “As long as we keep doing shows and keep going back to places, I got nothing to complain about,” Ledfurd says.