A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Song: "Sandhills Roll"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown 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 June 14, 2017 Downtown Jam featuring Charles Hedgepath with Vilai Harrington and the Hamptones featuring Vilai Harrington, Connor Fagan and Matthew Crisp.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #215: (John Lummus) "Growing up, if there was a sport to be watched, it was on our television."


Our 215th story, a GSA Business Report Q & A, comes from the President and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance, John Lummus.

BMW led the way and now, John Lummus spends his days looking for the next BMW as President and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance.  Upstate SC Alliance's mission is to market the Upstate to the World, showing manufacturers from all over the benefits of creating their products in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickins, Spartanburg or Union. Whether it's automobile manufacturers from Europe or advance materials makers from California, Upstate SC Alliance shows them the amazing assets that the Upstate of South Carolina has to offer and with 600 international companies calling Upstate South Carolina home, clearly, we have a lot to offer.  Upstate SC Alliance is committed to the economic development of the Upstate.

                                                To learn more about Upstate SC Alliance, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate #214: (Robert Gowan) "As a child, I ran around the grocery store singing at people."

                                Singer and front man for Wasted Wine, Robert Gowan brings us Story #214

The front man for Wasted Wine, Robert Gowan was the worst violin player in college, but now he writes and plays music for film and theater.  He plays unique instruments like the harmonium and the bazooka.  He's even writing music for a video game.  And a Wasted Wine concert appeals to the eyes as well as the ears with performance art.    

                                      To learn more about Robert Gowan and Wasted Wine, click here 
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The Stories of the Upstate™ #213: (Meredith Piper) "I dressed to the beat of my own drum as a teen and I can't say that I always looked good."

                                             Story #213 comes from Greenville artist, Meredith Piper.

Meredith drew her own clothes on her paper dolls as a child.  She loved all the pre-school crafts with macaroni.  As a teen, she had her own fashion sense that included a lot of tie-dyed clothes, so is it any wonder that she now has an art studio in downtown Greenville SC where you can see her painting landscapes in oil paint or weaving on a loom for one of her encased textile collection.  Meredith Piper is truly living her dream.

                                                     To learn more about Meredith Piper, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #212: (Ty Houck) "My mom made me hold an egg all the time when I was a kid."

Ty Houck, Director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources for Greenville County Recreation District,brings our 212th story

What job has you playing in parks, paddling on local waterways and riding back paths on your bike?  For Ty Houck, the job is the Director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources for the Greenville County Recreation District.  There is more to Ty's job than outdoor fun.  Raising funds and building coalitions in the community present Ty with some of his greatest challenge, but it is all worth it when he gets to see folks across Greenville County enjoying our great parks, paths and waterways.

                               To learn more about Greenville County Recreation DIstrict, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #20: Charles Hedgepath with Vilai Harrington and the Hamptones featuring Vilai Harrington, Connor Fagan and Matthew Crisp.

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™ #211: (Angie Hubbard) "I LOVE hockey, esp. when the players beat each other up."

  Our 211th story, a GSA Business Report Q & A, comes from the CEO of Adroit Systems Co, Angie Hubbard.

A major concern for business, whether it be industrial or commercial, is security and that's where Adroit Systems Co. and CEO Angie Hubbard come in. They provide fire alarm systems, intrusion alarm systems, video surveillance systems and access control systems.  Angie and her team are committed to their mission of keeping people safe,  so they constantly are searching for innovative improvements to all the security and access systems they provide.  

                                                  To learn more about Adroit Systems Co, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #210: (Dr. Martha Durham) "I was a cheerleader in high school and it’s sort of embarrassing now."

   Dr. Martha Durham, psychologist with North Main Counseling and Wellness shares our 210th story.

"Why do people keep coming up to me and sharing their inner most problems" was a question Dr. Martha Durham asked herself frequently.  She found that she had a gift for connecting with people and found that empathy came naturally to her.  Her response to finding these qualities in herself was more schooling, a lot more schooling.  In all, 12 years of school have resulted in her becoming a psychologist and creating North Main Counseling and Wellness.  

                                                To learn more about Dr. Martha Durham, click here
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The Stories of the Upstate™ #209: (Jeff Edwards) "I'm a HUGE Dr. Who fan."

                                     Story #209 comes from Greenville singer-songwriter, Jeff Edwards.

He learned to play the violin at 5, but it didn't stick.  He learned the piano at 8 and that didn't stick.  He played the flute in his middle school band and that stuck for a couple years, but it wasn't until Jeff Edwards saw a friend playing an acoustical guitar and singing that anything really stuck.  He got a garage sale guitar for his 19th birthday and a singer-songwriter was born.

                                                    To learn more about Jeff Edwards, click here
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The Stories of the Upstate #208: (Greg McPhee) " I was a bit difficult to deal with as a teen."

The executive chef and owner of Greenville's Anchorage Restaurant, Greg McPhee shares our 208th story.

Mix a scoop of art, a cup of culinary training, a teaspoon of travel and a pinch of fining dining experience and you get Greg McPhee, the executive chef and owner of The Anchorage Restaurant, located in the Village of West Greenville.  The Anchorage provides a unique dining experience as the menu is updated every day and relies on locally and regionally sourced ingredients.  

                                           To learn more about The Anchorage Restaurant, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate #207: (Glenn Strange): "When I was a kid, my daddy gave me corn flakes and a bowl of sugar and called it Frosted Flakes."

                               Spartanburg comedian magician, Glenn Strange presents Story #207

"People don't normally like being tricked, but when you add humor or music to illusion, you get great entertainment," says Spartanburg comedian magician, Glenn Strange.  It might surprise Glenn's audiences to find out that he was shy as a child. Humor has always been a big part of his life and combining that with the magic he learned as an adult, Glenn has found his passion and is bringing laughter and wonder to audience in Spartanburg and all across Upstate SC.

                                               To learn more about Glenn Strange, click here.