The Downtown Jam™ #35: Charles Hedgepath, Matt Fassas, Jessica Ticko and Jeff Edwards.

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters meet at Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe’ 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 #338-R (Eric Wood) "I grew up without a car."

                    Story #338-R comes from the host of Another Voice with Eric and Friends, Eric Wood.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #337: (Loyd Ford) "As a teen, I lived all over the country."

                         The host of The Stories of the Upstate™, Loyd Ford brings us our 337th story.

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When we asked Loyd Ford what inspires him, he said," People who do the unusual, who do the unselfish; people who go out of their way to do something that is not in their best interest in order to lift someone up."  As the host of The Stories of the Upstate, Loyd has had the pleasure to be inspired over and over again.  Loyd says that people want to be heard and every story is unique.  He says that one of the best things about doing this show is watching people when they really share their passion because they just light up.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #336: (David White) "I was born on April Fool's Day."

                         Story #336 comes from the Founder and CEO of Fostering Great Ideas, David White.

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"I developed a think tank to answer the question, 'Now what?' is how David White describes Fostering Great Ideas.  David told us that when children enter the foster care system, they've lost everything: their parents, their pets, their home, their siblings and they face the future wondering, "Now What?"  David felt he had learned to listen well to people who have been marginalized from his time as a teen working in a homeless shelter and felt that his entrepreneurial skills would be vital in creating solutions to the difficulties faced by children facing an uncertain future in the foster care system.  Fostering Great Ideas has developed some innovative solutions, like Sib-Link, which helps to keep siblings connected in the foster care system and strives everyday to think like a child in the system, to try to understand their fears, their needs and develop the solutions these kids deserve.

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "I Know You Rider"

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 August 8, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Karl Lauber, Zac Kellum and David Sims.

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™ #334: (Travis Wharton) "All the people who lived on the street where I grew up were related to me."

               Our 334th story comes from the Urban League of the Upstate's Spartanburg Education
               Coordinator, Travis Wharton

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Travis Wharton told us,"I like to be there to teach, to educate and to be beneficial to my community."  This former high school principle gets to do exactly this in his role with the Urban League of the Upstate.  He is their Education Coordinator for Spartanburg.  What excites him about the Urban League is how they are able to find creative ways to use the funds they raise to bring education to the community, to bring knowledge of economic mobility, to provide housing and resources for community members.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #333: (Moody Black) "I was always drawing and painting when I was a teen."

                                Upstate poet and spoken word artist, Moody Black shares story #333.

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According to Upstate poet and spoken word artist, Moody Black," Poetry is an opportunity to set yourself free.  It's a therapeutic release."  Moody told us that poetry gives him the opportunity to release his thoughts and feelings and whatever he is going through and he is committed to helping others have the same opportunity.  With his initiative, Making Words Move, he goes into schools helping students learn to write poetry.  Another way that Moody helps other enjoy the opportunities of poetry is with his work with Greenville's Coffee Underground.  Every Sunday at Coffee Underground, he hosts poetry open mics and once a month, they have a Poetry Slam.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #332: (Jeremy Theall) "I was one of the best runners in South Carolina while in high school."

                                 Story #332 comes from the founder of Future Chord, Jeremy Theall

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"The really unsexy part of my job is sending tons of emails," is what Jeremy Theall, artist manager and music publicist said when we asked about the behind scenes of his work.  Jeremy told us that his company, Future Chord, a Greenville artist management company, began as a music blog when he was a student at Clemson University, but he traces his deep commitment to music to his brother's influence.  Jeremy told that his brother encouraged him to find real music and introduced him to bands like O.A.R., the Doors and the Beatles. His number one piece of advice to the artists that seek out Future Chord is to make certain they have good press photos, a good web presence and great music.   

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #331: (Ben Bounds) "I once interviewed Bo and Luke Duke."

                          The owner of Follywood Productions, Ben Bounds shares our 331st story

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"I love bringing all the moving parts together to create something no one else has done," is how Ben Bounds describes his job.  The one time journalist, music touring and booking agent said that he has always loved helping people as well as entertaining people and now, with his company, Follywood Productions, an event planning and fund raising company, he gets to do both.  Ben also told us that when he sees things come together and he pulls the event/fund raiser off, he gets a sense of accomplishment that rivals hitting the game winning homerun.

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The Downtown Jam™ #34: Charles Hedgepath, Karl Lauber, Zac Kellum and David Sims

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™ #329: (Lindsey Dixon) "My childhood was sand between your toes, salt water in your hair and PB&J for lunch."

                    The manager of Downtown Greenville's Chicora Alley, Lindsey Dixon shares Story #329.

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When we asked the manager of Downtown Greenville's Chicora Alley, Lindsey Dixon, what it's like to manage a place like Chicora Alley, she told us, "It's putting your hands in anything that needs to be done: stocking beer, cleaning coolers, holding on to an employee who's having a  bad day, going to the bank to get change, and the list goes on."  This Laguna Beach, CA native told us that the best part of Chicora Alley was the sense of family.  Lindsey said it was the customers and the staff that make Chicora a great place.  The Caribbean/Southern Fusion cuisine and live music help too.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #327: (Sharon Phillips) "Growing up, I couldn’t wait for the church doors to open."

    The co-founder of The Homeless Period Project, Sharon Phillips shares our 327th story.

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"If something you find, draws you in, feels like a calling, or you are really passionate about it , then do something about it." is how Sharon Phillips describes being an activist. Her statement also describes her passion, The Homeless Period Project, a non-profit that provides feminine hygiene products to  homeless ladies and women in shelters.  Sharon and her sister-in-law saw a need, a need that is widely overlooked when folks reach out to help the homeless and stepped in to help.  What started out as a one time get together to raise money to provide these products has become a non-profit organization reaching out across the Upstate.

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "You Are My Sunshine"

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 July 11, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Andrew Oliver, Stephen Oliver and Morgan Riley.

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™ #325: (Emily Henning) "I modeled on QVC and interned with the Philadelphia Eagles."

                              WSPA, Channel 7 traffic anchor, Emily Henning brings us our 325th story.

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Emily Hennig spends her mornings scanning 40-50 different screens and cameras to help us navigate the Upstate's roadways, as the traffic anchor for WSPA, Channel 7.  While she didn't find her way to this job through the traditional path, a college degree in journalism, her life experiences definitely pointed to a career on TV.  She did local TV commercial spots growing up; modeled on QVC; hosted a couple sports shows for Comcast and interned with the legendary Philadelphia Eagles sportcaster, Merrill Reese.

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