The big bearded man you'll encounter Tuesday at Woodlands Tavern is South Carolina singer-songwriter Zach Deputy, a rising talent in the jam band scene bringing southern-fried soul flavor to everyman acoustic pop.

The big bearded man you'll encounter Tuesday at Woodlands Tavern is South Carolina singer-songwriter Zach Deputy, a rising talent in the jam band scene bringing southern-fried soul flavor to everyman acoustic pop.

He'll surely delight fans of Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, John Mayer and other pop troubadours whose name may or may not begin with J. But he also might resonate for those who typically dig deeper than the Top 40 for their music. Despite the occasional missteps (the reggae-infected "Into the Morning," for one), his music exudes a charming sincerity and a careful craftsman's touch.