A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Save Your Pride"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, theDowntown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the Aug. 9, 2017 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Shannon Hoover and Jack Ryan.

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Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #231: (Frank Mobley) "I love baseball and have loved it since I was a kid."

                   Our 231st story, a GSA Business Report Q&A, comes from the CEO of Immedion, Frank Mobley

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For most of us, being redundant is not a good quality, but for Frank Mobley, CEO of Immedion, redundancy is everything.  Immedion is a data center and cloud services company that works with local companies, keeping their servers and IT infrastructures up and operational at all times.  The key to Immedion's ability to meet their customers' needs is an infrastructure designed to never fail or fail infrequently and the key to that infrastructure is redundancy: back up uninterruptible power supply systems, multiple high end precision air conditioning systems, multiple connections to the utility grid and back up generators, along with a staff dedicated to making sure that Immedion lives up to their tag line: "Always On!"

                                                     To learn more about Immedion, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate #230: (Dr. Richard Gibbons) : "As a teen, I was in a band playing guitar and various Celtic folks instruments."

                  Story #230 comes from Dr. Richard Gibbons, pastor of Greenville's 1st Presbyterian Church.

What was the path that led Dr. Richard Gibbons from Scotland to the pulpit of Greenville's 1st Presbyterian Church?  As a teen, seeing his girlfriend and future wife's vibrant and very real faith led him to a personal relationship with Christ, which was the first step toward the ministry.  A second step was God calling him to the ministry while he was working on the Magnus Oil platform in the North Sea. A Wikipedia search of Greenville after attending a conference of Presbyterian ministers held in Charlotte, NC and feeling God might be leading him to the U.S. became a major step along his path to pastoring the flock at Greenville's 1st Presbyterian Church. Now Dr. Richard Gibbons leads three services each Sunday and ministers to his congregants in many ways from baptizing the wee ones to encouraging seniors facing cancer and so much more.  

                          To learn more about Dr. Richard Gibbons and 1st Presbyterian Church, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate #229: (Jeff Holland) "I got my first Mickey Mouse drum set at the age of 5 and wore it out by 5 and a half."

                                         Jeff Holland with DRUM4WORK shares story #229

What do the terrapan, the boomwhacker and corporate team building have in common?  Jeff Holland is what they have in common.  Jeff, a multi-ethnic percussionist and instructor with DRUM4WORK, leads corporate team building exercises using various drumming styles and instruments, even things that one would not think of as instruments, like your body or pots and pans.  Jeff strives to help people open the doors of communication and help them create clear communication and discover ways to work together for a common goal; all through the use of percussion instruments.  He does this too for children and parents just know that he loves to inspire children. teaching them to find ways to make noise.

                                                       To learn more about DRUM4WORK, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #228: (Emily McSherry) "My childhood home came with a horse, some goats, chickens and a few pigs."

                               Emily McSherry, Founder of Cannabis Forward brings us our 228th story.

What do you do when you have temporal lobe epilepsy and the cocktail of pharmaceuticals prescribed to you are not preventing the painful and frequent seizures and are adding horrible side effects?  If you are Emily McSherry, you google, "What else controls seizures."  And what do you do when you discover that cannabis is reducing your almost constant seizures down to one a month?  If you are Emily McSherry, you create Cannabis Forward, a non-profit dedicated to educating your community on the medical use of cannabis with the goal that everyone who suffers like you did can find the help they need.  

                                          To learn about Emily McSherry and Cannabis Forward, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #22: Charles Hedgepath, Shannon Hoover and Jack Ryan

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #227: (Dumah)"My earliest art memories involve drawing Speedy Gonzalez."

                Story #227 comes from Greenville live music painter and free lance artist, Dumah

He paints the music!  Live music painter and free lance artist, Dumah enjoys live music shows in an unique manner.  When the artist/band is jamming and the crowd is jumping, you'll find Dumah somewhere in the crowd with an easel, paints and a flashlight.  The energy that the artists and the crowds share fires up Dumah's creative juices and he translates that energy onto his canvas, sometimes dancing about while he paints.

                                                         To learn more about Dumah, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #226: (Lecretia Robinson) "Starting when I was 2 yrs old, I sang in a traveling 4-part harmony quartet."

          Singer-songwriter of The ThunderRoad Band, Lecretia Robinson brings us our 226th story.

Ever wonder what in a person's life creates a singer-songwriter?  Let's take a look at singer-songwriter for The ThunderRoad Band, Lecretia Robinson's life and see if we can figure it out.  She started singing in a traveling quartet at the age of 2.  Her dad taught her and her brothers how to play the guitar growing up. Lecretia was 1st chair violinist at the Cowpens Middle School orchestra and 1st chair saxophonist for the Broome High School marching band.  She began writing songs  and learning how to sing different genres of music around 14.  At least for Lecretia Robinson, a family and a childhood bathed in music creates a singer-songwriter and The ThunderRoad Band and their fans enjoy the results.

                                         To learn more about The ThunderRoad Band, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #225: (Megan Finnern) "I spent a few weeks every year in the hospital until I was 10 yrs old."

                       Our 225th story comes form Independent Marketing Consulant, Megan Finnern.

Megan Finnern is an independent marketing consultant and she loves being independent because it allows her to work both sides of  the industry.  On the creative side, she gets to design amazing advertising campaigns for clients and develop complete marketing strategies for individual companies.  On the organizational side, she works with individuals responsible for the marketing of their company helping them be successful.  Public relations, marketing, advertising, client services and connecting people are what Megan loves and loves that she gets to do as an independent marketing consultant.

                                                        To learn more about Megan Finnern, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #224: (Cliff Witherspoon) "I love science, physics and chemistry, basically, I’m really a geek at heart."

                                Cliff Witherspoon, owner of Red Arrow Entertainment, records Story #224.

Combine hanging out with musicians in foosball parlors as a teen with being a science nerd.  Add a passion for music so strong you don't just hear the music, you feel it.  Finally toss in experiences working in every aspect of music possible and you'll have the makings of a great music producer and artist manager. At least, these things are some of the notes to the song that is Cliff Witherspoon, owner of Red Arrow Entertainment.

                                         To learn more about Red Arrow Entertainment, click here.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Song: "Sweet Talking"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, theDowntown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the July 12, 2017 Downtown Jam™ , a special tribute Jam featuring the songs of Matt Reynolds performed by Charles Hedgepath, Darby Wilcox and Mark Charles Dye.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #223: (Tim Joiner) "I built my hometown's first website and the mayor's re-election website when I was 14."

         Our 223rd story, a GSA Business Report Q&A, comes from the CEO of 3Fold Creative, Tim Joiner.

What is 3Fold Creative?  Some would say it's a website shop and they do design and build websites.  Others would say it's an ad agency and they do provide branding, marketing campaigns and digital marketing help.  The CEO of 3Fold Creative, Tim Joiner says that they're a growth agency.  Tim says their mission is to promote exponential, goal oriented, sustainable growth for the people and organizations they serve.  Customers come to 3Fold Creative with a vision of where they want their company to be in 5 yrs, in 1 yr, in 6 months and 3Fold Creative accesses the business experience, creative expertise and technology of their team to make their customer's goals reality.

                                                    To learn more about 3Fold Creative, click here.