The Stories of the Upstate™ #197: (Mark Hartwell Jones) "I was involved in a low speed car chase in Spokane, Washington ."

         The creator and host of The Hoodoo Music Podcast, Mark Hartwell Jones delivers our 197th Story.

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Mark Hartwell Jones has taken his teenage love of music and radio and created a way to connect fans with great local bands and great local bands with other great local bands and it's called The Hoodoo Music Podcast.  On the Hoodoo Music Podcast, Mark records 4 or 5 original songs for a local band, and interviews them about their songwriting,  musical influences. how they got to where they are today and their plans for the future.  The end result is the bands get a great demo tape and the fans get a great concert with liner notes.

                                       To learn more about The Hoodoo Music Podcast, click here.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Song: "Ghetto Blues"

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 April 12, 2017 Downtown Jamfeaturing Charles Hedgepath with Mac Arnold and a Plate Full of Blues featuring Dr. Mac Arnold, Max Hightower and Austin Brashier.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on 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™ #196: (Jonathan WIllis) "I'm a huge nerd who loves Pokemon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

                Story #196 comes from the owner of Greenville's Farm Fresh Fast, Jonathan Willis

"Farm to Table" and "fast food" are two phrases that don't normally go together, but this former LA Fitness trainer is combining the two in Greenville with his new restaurant, Farm Fresh Fast. Jonathan Willis has a passion for fitness and nutrition and a desire to support local farmers.  Farm Fresh Fast grew out of Willis' Elev8 Next Level Nutrition meal delivery system which helped individuals eat healthy at home with little need for prep or meal planning. Now, Jonathan is focused on individuals on the go getting healthy, farm fresh meals quickly and building a healthy community. 

                                                   To learn more about Farm Fresh Fast, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #195: (Sharon Gerber) "Let me introduce you to Murgatroyd, my 200 yr old cello."

                                         Greenville cellist and writer, Sharon Gerber shares story #195

Losing her dad at the age of 12 pushed Greenville native, Sharon Gerber, to find her identity in being really good at something.  Today, we can identify Sharon by something she is really good at: playing the cello.  The amazing songs she creates in her career as a free lance cellist can only be described as breathtaking.  Adult Sharon Gerber has become what teenage Sharon Gerber dreamed of becoming and we are all the better for it.

                                                      To learn more about Sharon Gerber, click here
                                                                 and follow Sharon on Facebook.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #194: (Dr. Jermaine Whirl) "I read 1,000 books in first grade."

Our 194th story comes from Dr. Jermaine Whirl, VP of Economic Development and Corporate Training at Greenville Tech.

Dr. Jermaine Whirl's path to his current position as Vice President of Economic Development and Corporate Training at Greenville Technical College began early.  His parents instilled in him the spirit of hard work and service at a young age which displayed itself early when he got a management position at Kiawa Island Resort at the age of 17, managing a staff of 50 people. A teaching positon at East Georgia State College when he was just 23 and becoming the Dean of Adult Education for Savannah Technical College at the age of 26 demonstrated that the lessons he learned working in his father's businesses from the age of 10 had paid off.

                                                        To learn more about Greenville Tech, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #193: (Sheila Merck) "I have an affinity for old cars and junk yards, thanks to my 4 brothers."

                    The coordinator and co-host of Merck Mountain Events delivers our 193rd story.

Being raised a preacher's kid, this Six Mile Native, learned the importance of helping others.  Spending more than 20 yrs in television, Sheila Merck learned how to put on a show. She combines those two as coordinator and co-host of Merck Mountain Events, using music and festivals to raise funds for Helping Hands of Clemson and the abused and neglected kids they help.

                                            To learn more about Merck Mountain Events, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #18: Charles Hedegpath with Mac Arnold and a Plate Full of Blues featuring Dr. Mac Arnold, Max Hightower and Austin Brashier

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™ # 192: (Scott Talley) "I was "the dork" as a teen.

                        Our 192nd story comes from lawyer and South Carolina State Senator Scott Talley

He may have been "the dork" in high school, but today, Scott Talley helps people whenever he can and offers his help in two unique ways. First, as a lawyer, a partner in the Talley Law Firm focusing on business and family law. Second, he works in Columbia making the laws as a South Carolina State Senator.  He sees both his careers as avenues to help folks in need.

                                                  To learn more about State Senator Talley, click here
                                                 and to learn more about the Talley Law Firm, click here

The Stories of the Upstate™ #191: (Trey Francis) "I was the kid who seemed the most responsible until it got dark outside."

                Greenville singer-songwriter and lead singer of the Dead 27s, Trey Francis shares our 191st story.

The lead singer of the Dead 27s, Trey Francis got his beginning as a musician when he was a struggling  University of South Carolina student looking for food and beer money.  His friends convinced him to compete for $100 in a karaoke contest which he won and he was on his way to becoming the singer-songwriter he is today.

                                              To learn more about Trey and the Dead 27s, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #190: (Barbie T.) "Barney was my best friend as a kid."

                        Barbie T, radio host on Hollywood In The Morning, HOT 98.1 gives us Story # 190

No one would guess that the vivacious radio host on Hollywood In The Morning, HOT 98.1 was insecure as a teen, but it's true that this Spartanburg native felt insecure even though she was a cheerleader in high school.  Getting her first on-air job with WJMZ 107.3 FM, Barbie T. was on her way to becoming the perfect choice to wake people up across the Upstate with Tone Hollywood.

                                                        To learn more about Barbie T, click here
                                                                 and follow her on Facebook

The Stories of the Upstate™ #189: (Heather Kitchen) "I was the shortest person in my graduating class."

                                                  We get our 188th story from Heather Kitchen,
                        owner of Heather Kitchen Images and Editor-in-Chief of Upstate Exposure Magazine.

A mom taking photos of her kids was the unlikely beginning that led to a passion for photography which in turn led Heather Kitchen into her amazing career as owner of Heather Kitchen Images and Editor-In-Chief of Upstate Exposures Magazine.  Heather never pictured this career when she was a 6th grade band camper convinced she was destined to be a professional clarinet player.  Seems for Heather, a picture is worth a thousand notes. 

                                         To learn more about Heather Kitchen's work, click here
                                                  and check out Upstate Exposures Magazine